Anyone can use this Index—community members, practitioners or policy makers. This Index shows you the health culture in West Michigan.
They are proven or desired actions to prevent, manage or treat an illness. These recommendations also include policies and programs that can hep you. See recommendations.
It is the practice of providing everyone, especially those with the fewest resources and greatest health disparities such as Blacks, with enough opportunities, resources and support to achieve optimal levels of health.
They are factors or conditions (e.g., where you live, your job status, your health insurance status) that affect your overall health. They are, usually, not directly related to your health. See GRAAHI's social determinants of health.
GRAAHI stands for the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute. It is a non-profit health organization focused on improving health equity for Blacks and other groups who need the most help. Visit GRAAHI's web site.
GAIL stands for GRAAHI’s Artificially Intelligent Liaison. She is a virtual assistant that was programmed to answer your questions about this Index. If you ask GAIL a question, she'll speak and type the answer back to you. Click GAIL's picture on each page to speak with her.
It is an animated person who understands the meaning of health equity. Each avatar has their own health equity story to share. Click here to see and hear our avatar stories.
If national, state and county-level data were available for a health topic no later than 2010, that health topic was included in this Index.
Data sources do not always capture data by race at the county level. When they do obtain race data, the numbers are (sometimes) too small to be accurate. In Kent County, Michigan, we found race data for 26 of the 52 indicators. See disparities.
In Kent County, Michigan, the numbers for Hispanics and Asians were (sometimes) too small to provide accurate rates. See disparities.
Our logic models are visual expressions of this Index and its concepts and indicators. See GRAAHI's logic models.
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