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May 18, 2021 Update - 4:45 p.m.

Virginia Launches Nation’s First Statewide Health Equity Dashboards
Equity in Action and Equity at a Glance dashboards provide COVID-19 response and recover efforts snapshot

Governor Ralph Northam has unveiled the nation’s first public statewide health equity dashboards, providing a snapshot of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and making key data more accessible to Virginia residents.

The two dashboards—Equity in Action and Equity at a Glance—were created by the Virginia Health Equity Leadership Taskforce (ELT) in partnership with several state agencies. The dashboards are being launched as a part of Virginia’s commitment to operationalizing equity, and in response to two key pieces of legislation: House Joint Resolution 537, which declares racism as a public health crisis in the Commonwealth, and Virginia Code Section 2.2-435.12, which requires Virginia’s Chief Diversity Officer to conduct statewide equity assessments.

The Equity-in-Action dashboard is a snapshot of the progress Virginia has made across its COVID-19 response and recovery and other initiatives that advance the equitable distribution of resources and services. The Equity-at-a-Glance dashboard is a transparent assessment of social determinants of health and other factors contributing to health equity. Future versions of these dashboards will include an expanded set of topic areas, such as workforce diversity and criminal justice.

View an overview of the dashboards and underlying data.

Learn more about the Health Equity Working Group and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

View the full news release on the Virginia Governor Newsroom