The NC Department of Health and Human Services’ State Center for Health Statistics has created an interactive map with a series of overlays showing social determinants of health (SDOH) indicators in North Carolina, including the economic, social and neighborhood, and housing and transportation status of residents across the state. It is a powerful tool for our communities and state as we strive to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolinians.
The map is organized by local health department region and is tabulated at the census-tract level. Data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.
Economic conditions are described in the map using several metrics, including median household income, percent of people living below poverty and percent of people who are uninsured.
Housing and transportation conditions are described by metrics such as percent of households spending more than 30 percent of income on housing, percent of people living in an overcrowded household and percent of households without a vehicle.
Social and neighborhood conditions are described by metrics that include education level, percent of households with low access to healthy foods and areas identified as food deserts.
A cumulative index is calculated from the metrics to provide an overall measure of social determinants of health indicators.