Minority Health SVI

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health developed the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to enhance existing resources 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. Given evidence on common factors contributing to social vulnerability, the MH SVI could potentially be applied to other public health emergencies. Click on the following link to access the Minority Health SVI through the CDC's website.

Download the MH SVI Fact sheet at the link below.

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SVI Overview

What is social vulnerability? What is the Minority Health SVI? How can I use the Minority Health SVI? Find answers to these questions on this Overview.
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Data Dictionary

Need help defining the abbreviations? Download the Minority Health SVI Data Dictionary for a list of the variable names and abbreviations, descriptions, theme (if applicable), sources, dates, and American Community Survey Reference number.

Downloadable Dataset

To download the full Minority Health SVI dataset, click the link below.
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Shareable Graphics and Messages

Help spread the word about the Minority Health SVI! Download and share these graphics with your networks. Use the social media messages below on your social media channels.

#DYK social vulnerability can impact how communities experience and recover from #publichealth emergencies? Check out the new Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index from @CDCgov and @MinorityHealth and discover how to help address health disparities: bit.ly/3knnL5T.

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#EmergencyResponse Planners and #PublicHealth Officials: @CDCgov and @MinorityHealth have launched the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index. Learn how this new platform can help you support communities before, during, and after a public health emergency: bit.ly/3knnL5T.

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Applying a #HealthEquity lens when responding to #PublicHealth emergencies can help us better support communities at the greatest risk for impact. Use the new Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index from @CDCgov and @MinorityHealth to aid emergency efforts: bit.ly/3knnL5T.

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Overview Video

How do I use the Minority Health SVI data dashboard/tool? How can I obtain data from the Minority Health SVI dashboard? Watch our Overview Video which provides a visualization of the data dashboard and demonstrates how to use the tools and filters.


Using the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index to Drive Equitable Public Health Efforts

Posted on August 3, 2021 by Rebecca Mak, Policy Intern, HHS Office of Minority Health

During times of public health crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, racial and ethnic minority groups disproportionately experience adverse outcomes like high hospitalization and mortality rates as a result of a variety of factors, including social determinants of health (SDOH). , Examples of SDOH include healthcare access and quality, education, racism and discrimination, economic stability, housing, and environmental conditions. Identifying and understanding the most vulnerable communities are crucial steps for planning effective, tailored response and recovery efforts that take these factors into account.