What is the purpose of the Vulnerable Populations Footprint tool?

The vulnerable populations footprint tool is a compact mapping and reporting platform that identifies geographic areas with high rates of poverty and low educational attainment – the two indicators demonstrated to be the primary social determinants of population health. Thresholds for target area identification are adjustable, allowing the tool to be utilized in all geographic areas where regional rates may be higher or lower than the national average.

Target areas assessments are not a required part of the CHNA process; however, visualization of these areas provides an ideal starting point when assessing an area’s overall health needs. The maps and reports generated using this tool are able to be exported and can be included in the CHNA report if desired.