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Healthy Communities Data & Indicators Project (HCI)

Project Goals

The goal of HCI is to enhance public health by providing data, a standardized set of  statistical measures, and tools that a broad array of sectors can use for planning healthy communities and evaluating the impact of plans, projects, policy, and environmental changes on community health. The initial phase of the project (2012-2014) was a 2-year collaboration of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with funding by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), to create and disseminate indicators linked to the Healthy Communities Framework. This framework was developed by the SGC Health in All Policies Task Force with extensive public discussion and input from community stakeholders and public health organizations. 

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Healthy Communities Framework

What is a Healthy Community?

A Healthy Community provides for the following though all stages of life:

Meets the basic needs of all

  1. Safe, sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation options.
  2. Affordable, accessible and nutritious foods, and safe drinkable water.
  3. Affordable, high quality, socially integrated, and location-efficient housings.
  4. Affordable, accessible and high quality health care.
  5. Complete and livable communities including quality schools, parks and recreational facilities, child care, libraries, financial services and other daily needs.
  6. Access to affordable and safe opportunities for physical activity.
  7. Able to adapt to changing environments, resilient, and prepared for emergencies.
  8. Opportunities for engagement with arts, music and culture.

 Quality and sustainability of the environment

  1. Clean air, soil and water, and environments free of excessive noise.
  2. Tobacco- and smoke-free.
  3. Green and open spaces, including health tree canopy and agricultural lands.
  4. Minimized toxics, green house gas emissions, and waste.
  5. Affordable and sustainable energy use.

Adequate levels of economic and social development

  1. Living wage, safe and healthy job opportunities for all, and a thriving economy.
  2. Support for health development of children and adolescents.
  3.  Opportunities for high quality and accessible education.

Health and social equity

Social relationships that are supportive and respectful

  1. Robust social and civic engagement.
  2. Socially cohesive and supportive relationships, families, homes and neighborhoods.
  3. Safe communities, free of crime and violence.

 ​​*California Health in All Policies Task Force (2010, December 3). Health in All Policies Task Force Report to the Strategic Growth Council. Used with permission and retrieved from the Strategic Growth Coucil's Task Force Report.

View a printable version of the Healthy Communities Framework (PDF).


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