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CT Health Equity Index

Project ID: 212

CIC Case Study: Promising Practices supporting Community Health Assessment

CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 08/18/17
Project LocationState of Connecticut
Lead OrganizationCT Association of Directors of Health Inc
Type of Organization

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Neighborhood, State/Province

Issue Areas:
Governance, Health, Social

Health equity, Index, Health outcomes, Social determinants

Project Description

In order to address health inequities, the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health developed the Health Equity Alliance (HEA) and a Health Equity Index (HEI). The Index is a web-based data interface that provides scores at varying geographic units of analysis and profiles the relationship between social, economic, and environmental conditions associated with health outcomes.The Index utilizes a series of indicators within nine social determinants, correlated with demographic and health data. Local public health departments, in partnership with community leaders, organizations, and residents, can use this evidence-based information for strategic planning, community assessment, grant writing, and community engagement activities. The intended purpose of HEA is to engage and mobilize community members in identifying and solving health problems, and build capacity for changes in policies and practices to establish healthier communities.

Practices Relevant to Community Health Assessment

Promising Practices (definitions):

  • Social determinants focus
    Health Equity Index: Local health departments statewide are using the Health Equity Index in their community health needs assessments. The tool generates quantitative scores, maps, and other metrics and guides qualitative assessments. It is a resource for strategic planning and prioritization, and developing targeted interventions.


Social Determinants:
Does project address Social Determinants of Health? Yes

Health Connection

Local Health Department(s) involvement? Supporting

What framework does this project use if any?

Awards and Recognitions:


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Sharon Mierzwa
CT Association of Directors of Health
241 Main St. 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106

Associated Resources

Conference Session

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