Health Equity

The Health Equity Heat Map developed by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) is a population health map that leverages location-based metrics to examine the demographics of local communities across the United States. This map enables healthcare professionals to understand the scope of cardiovascular-related issues in the populations they serve while also providing valuable insights into the impact of social determinants of health.

The Health Equity Heat Map data is sourced from multiple public data repositories, including the CDC's Local Data for Better Health, Census Tract Data 2020 release, CDC's Social Vulnerability Index, the Home Owner's Loan Corporation's Neighborhood Grading (Redlining), and the U.S. Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP). By examining these data, healthcare providers can better understand the specific challenges related to cardiovascular health that patients in their communities face and develop more targeted and effective interventions to address these challenges.

ACC's Health Equity Heat Map is a valuable tool that provides critical insights into the complex interplay between the impacts of historical policies, social determinants of health, and cardiovascular disease. Its use in clinical practice can help clinicians better understand their patient communities to develop more effective interventions and improve health outcomes for patients across the United States.