The news: The Biden administration rolled out the Environmental Justice Index (EJI), a national tool to measure the impact of environmental factors like pollution on human health and health equity.
How it works: The index maps which communities will suffer the most risk from environmental hazards like air pollution.
It pulls data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the US Census Bureau.
Why it matters: Health equity is a serious problem, as populations have varying access to care. Providers and payers should be able to access the government’s data and gauge which areas face risk from pollution, a lack of clean water, and other environmental hazards.
Go deeper: Check out our Social Determinants of Health Investments report to learn how healthcare organizations are investing in SDOH.
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