Q Corp is excited to announce the launch of a toolkit to support communities across the United States in using maps to document disparities and promote greater equity. The toolkit walks users through the process of creating an equity atlas to support research, coalition-building, and policy change. Equity atlases are tools that use high-quality maps and data to show where different demographic groups live; how well they are able to access key resources such as transit, quality education, affordable housing, jobs, food, and parks; and how these patterns affect their health and well-being.
In 2007, the Coalition for a Livable Future launched the nation’s first Regional Equity Atlas for the Portland metro region. An updated version released in 2013 – Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 – is being used by organizations across the Portland metro region to address disparities and improve access to essential resources.
Several communities across the country have been inspired by the Coalition for a Livable Future’s example to launch their own equity atlas projects. The toolkit aims to support additional efforts by providing an overview of the equity atlas development process along with sample materials and links to helpful resources.
The toolkit was developed by the Coalition for a Livable Future and the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
If you are interested in learning more about equity atlases and the toolkit, please join us for the following webinars:
WEBINAR: Equity Atlas Basics
May 12, 2015 11:00-12:00pm PST
Learn more about what equity atlases are and how they can empower communities advance equity.
WEBINAR: Building an Equity Atlas
May 27, 2015 11:00-12:00pm PST
This webinar focuses on the equity atlas development process. Learn about how you can develop an equity atlas for your community.