Using an Interactive Map to Look at Social Determinants of Health in Wake County

The story of Mapping Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for Children and Families in Wake County examines the social, economic and environmental factors that influence health. Through a project commissioned by the John Rex Endowment, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) recently completed an assessment and online Story Map (with User Guide) to describe how conditions such as the number of high-quality child care centers, existence of food deserts and high housing costs can affect children and their families’ health and well-being. Using the Esri® Story Map with geographic information system technology, NCIPH staff mapped 12 key indicators to geographically identify assets and areas with higher opportunity for improvements, allowing a look at specific indicators across the county and to see which indicators are of most significance in specific geographies.

The John Rex Endowment is making the mapping tool available in hopes that community organizations can benefit from the information.