Measures to Advance Health and Opportunity
The HOPE Initiative
The HOPE Initiative provides an interactive data tool designed to help states and the country move beyond measuring disparities to spurring action toward health equity. HOPE tracks social determinants of health and health outcomes by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Indicators are organized into five domains—one for health outcomes and four domains that influence longevity and well-being. Our unique analyses use an opportunity framework to set aspirational but achievable goals to improve life outcomes—especially populations of color most affected by systemic racism and conscious and unconscious bias.
HOPE data identifies where residents of individual states and the country are doing well and where states can do more to help residents be healthier. In doing so, HOPE calculates three important factors that help state and federal leaders, advocates, and other stakeholders shape policies and practices: 1) where the gaps in opportunity are among people of different races and ethnicities; 2) what goals for achieving equity look like; and 3) how far they need to move the dial to make these goals a reality.
Explore Conditions that Create Health
HOPE domains represent key social and environmental conditions that shape health across all groups and states. Within each domain, the indicators we chose reflect actionable public policy decisions and social systems embedded in our society--much more than individuals’ choices or circumstances. What’s the upshot? Every state has room to improve equity in residents’ health, well-being and quality of life.