Who's Using HPI
Leaders in several sectors already use HPI to advance their goals, strengthen planning efforts and improve community conditions. For example, HPI is recognized as a tool to inform and support healthier community conditions in the development of a community’s General Plan. The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research cited HPI in its General Plan Guidelines, and the California Environmental Justice Alliance recommends use of HPI to incorporate public health into the Environmental Justice Elements of General Plans (required by SB 1000). Multiple agencies have also named HPI as a tool that supports transportation and land use planning grants and strategies, including: California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities Program; Caltrans’ Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program; California Transportation Commission’s Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines; and Southern California Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy Public Health Appendix.
The HPI is being used to elevate strategic equity considerations and target investments in communities with less healthy community conditions. The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Office of Health Equity has endorsed HPI as a tool to support decision-making related to grants or other programs that prioritize funding based on health outcomes and health benefits. CDPH and Los Angeles area hospitals used the HPI to study living conditions that may explain high rates of pre-term births among African American women when developing a Community Birth Plan. Riverside County Public Health Department has used HPI to assess and verify its findings from an Adverse Childhood Experiences score program and identify census tracts to target increased WIC enrollment activities. County Public Health Departments in Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Solano have used HPI to illustrate a range of community conditions affecting health outcomes in their jurisdictions. A community coalition in Los Angeles called the Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use Network identified HPI in their strategic plan as a method of targeting and prioritizing community investments. Additionally, St. John’s Health Center used HPI data in their 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.