California COVID-19 Medical Vulnerability Indicators

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge and UCLA BRITE Center for Science, Research, and Policy developed vulnerability indicators aimed at identifying which neighborhoods in California are at most risk of becoming impacted by COVID-19 infections. The map includes four important indicators known to significantly increase a person’s medical vulnerability to COVID-19 infection: 1) pre-existing health conditions, 2) barriers to accessing services, 3) built-environment risk and 4) social vulnerability.

Download the full report here: COVID-19 Medical Vulnerability Indicators: A California Data Model for Equity in Public Health State Level Decision-Making

This project is an extension of a similar effort for Los Angeles County. A full description of that initial work and a map for Los Angeles can be found at