Tuesday, August 3, 2021

CDC and OMH Partner to Launch the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index. August 3, 2021

MH SVIIn July, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). This tool can be leveraged to support the identification of racial and ethnic minority communities at greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minority Health SVI is an extension of the CDC SVI that combines the 15 social factors included in the original CDC SVI with additional factors known to be associated with COVID-19 outcomes. The factors were developed using five-year estimates of demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), and are organized into six themes:

  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Household Composition and Disability
  • Minority Status and Language
  • Housing Type and Transportation
  • Health Care Infrastructure
  • Medical Vulnerability

To learn more about social vulnerability and how the Minority Health SVI was developed, download the fact sheet from the OMH website.

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