National Equity Atlas Update

Dear Atlas users:

It has been an incredible month for getting equity data in the hands of advocates working to build inclusive cities! We were thrilled to provide powerful data to support the #RenterWeekofAction and hope that you find these fact sheets useful as well. We also released two new reports, including a set of design principles for online data tools advancing health equity, and an analysis of how changing demographics by age and race affects education spending. Enjoy!

When Renters Rise, Cities Thrive: National and Local Fact Sheets
Last week, dozens of cities participated in the #RenterWeekofAction to demand solutions to the renter affordability crisis. Our team partnered with Right to the City, Homes for All, and CarsonWatch to support these actions by producing fact sheets for the nation and 38 cities.* While renters are now the majority in the largest 100 cities, they are burdened by rising rents and low wages. If they paid only what they could afford on rent, they would have an extra $124 billion in their pockets each year, or $6,200 per rent-burdened household. View the fact sheets here and check out media coverage in Next City, CityLab, Truthout, and LA Weekly.

Register Now: Webinar on Improving Health through Equitable Economic Development
On October 24, Angel Ross will share the National Equity Atlas and discuss why equitable economic development is critical to advancing health equity on a webinar hosted by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps project. Join the webinar from 3-4 p.m. Eastern/12-1 p.m. Pacific to learn more about this important intersection between racial economic inclusion and health, and hear about how Urban Health Plan in the Bronx is using economic development as a strategy to improve community health. Register here.

Powering Health Equity Action with Online Data Tools: 10 Design Principles
This month we released a new report in partnership with EcoTrust, Powering Health Equity Action with Online Data Tools. We offer 10 design principles for creating online data tools that can drive community action for health equity, such as: address the root causes of health inequities, disaggregate data to the maximum extent possible, and honor indigenous data sovereignty. The report also shares examples of tools that embody these principles, and tips for applying these principles. As part of the release, we hosted a Twitter chat about the principles, which you can check out (and add to!) here.

New Report: Bridging the Racial Generation Gap Is Key to America's Economic Future
On September 6, we released new analysis examining how the “racial generation gap” between a growing senior population that is predominantly White and a rapidly diversifying youth population affects spending on public education in counties and states. We find that every percentage-point increase in the racial generation gap is associated with a decrease in state and local per-child education spending of around 1.5 percent. Angela Glover Blackwell and Manuel Pastor describe how this relationship increases the urgency of investing in youth in an op-ed in The Hill and journalist Ron Brownstein wrote about our findings in The Atlantic.

Thank you!

The National Equity Atlas team at PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

*City fact sheets are available for: Alameda; Atlanta; Baltimore; Birmingham; Boston; Bowling Green, KY; Brooklyn; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Durham; El Paso; Jackson; Long Beach; Los Angeles; Lynn, MA; Miami; Minneapolis; Nashville; Newark; Oakland; Philadelphia; Portland; Providence; Reno; Rochester; San Diego; Santa Ana; Santa Barbara; Santa Rosa; Seattle; Spokane; Springfield; St. Paul; Washington, DC.