What’s your human development index?

[ Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Gwen Driscoll | 2 Comments » ]

A recently-released online tool enables Californians to see where they stand on a “human development index” – a composite measure of health, knowledge and standard of living developed by the American Human Development Project of the Social Sciences Research Council.  The tool enables you to map your community by zip code and see life expectancy, education and median income, among other statistics.  You can also see how California compares to other states.

The tool was launch in conjunction with a report entitled A Portrait of California that used data from a wide range of sources, including the US Census, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Community Survey, to sketch a portrait of well-being in the nation’s most populous state.

The report shows that some Californians are enjoying levels of well-being and access to opportunity the nation as a whole will not reach until the 2060s, while others are experiencing health, education, and earnings levels that characterized the U.S. in the 1960s.

“California is rich in data on social and economic conditions. But too often we use them to identify separate problems requiring separate solutions. The [human development index] provides a way to make sense of economic, health, and education challenges in the interconnected way that people actually experience them,” said Sarah Burd-Sharps, a co-author of the report.

See the online tool: Mapping the Measure of America

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Gwen Driscoll

Gwen Driscoll is the director of communications for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Driscoll serves as an interface between the public, the press and Center staff on health policy issues and information. She also oversees Center print and web publications as well as strategic and marketing communications initiatives.

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2 Responses to “What’s your human development index?”

  1. James Morgan says:

    very informative.. im doing a research on human development and i learned a lot from your article, thank you

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