Equity in Action Dashboard

Overview

Our Mission and Commitment to Health Equity:  All Virginians deserve equitable access to resources and information to help them achieve their health and quality of life goals. The Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to operationalizing equity in Virginia through policy changes, effective partnerships, and responsive provision of needed resources.  

The Commonwealth of Virginia has declared racism as a public health crisis per House Joint Resolution 537. The social, economic, education, and health-related initiatives offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia must be built on a foundation of equity. In order to operationalize and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the Commonwealth passed Virginia Code Section 2.2-435.12, which requires Virginia’s Chief Diversity Officer to conduct an equity assessment.

In response to the legislation, House Joint Resolution 537 and Virginia Code 2.2-435.12, the Commonwealth has developed two dashboards: Equity-in-Action and Equity-at-a-Glance.  The Commonwealth of Virginia is a national leader in publicly publishing these resources to demonstrate the Commonwealth’s commitment to lasting, solution-oriented equity.

These dashboards celebrate Virginia’s leadership in equity and serve as a call to action for leaders to continue to close the gaps to improve Virginians’ access to resources. The Equity-in-Action dashboard is a snapshot of the progress Virginia has made across our COVID-19 response and recovery programs and other initiatives that advance the equitable distribution of resources and services.  The Equity-at-a-Glance dashboard is a transparent assessment of social determinants of health and other factors contributing to health equity (accessible via the right-side panel). Future versions of these dashboards will include an expanded set of topic areas, such as workforce diversity and criminal justice metrics.

Our Mission and Commitment to Sustainable Equity: The Commonwealth of Virginia is the first to create a state-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy. House Bill 1993 codified the ONE Virginia Plan which outlines steps that increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across 100 state agencies in the Commonwealth and public institutions of higher education. Click on the button below the logo on the right-side panel to view more information about the ONE Virginia Plan and an inventory of participating agencies that have submitted DEI plans.

Usability and Accessibility: Use the navigation buttons at the top of the page to access the dashboard and information for each topic area. The dashboards include text captions for charts and tables that are accessible to screen readers. For each chart or table, you can also access the underlying data by clicking on the link(s) in the Data and Documentation section. For more information on metric definitions, data sources, and data notes, see the collapsible sections below each dashboard.

Data and Documentation

View the Underlying Data

Metric

Description

Source

Data Time Period

PPE Partnerships: Units of PPE Distributed

Total number of both masks and units of hand sanitizer distributed by the Health Equity Leadership Taskforce since beginning of the program in March 2020.

Health Equity Leadership Taskforce

March 2020 to December 2020

Medicaid Expansion: Members

Net change in overall program membership from January 2020 to September 2021.

Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS)

January 2020 to September 2021

Unemployment Benefits: Total Unemployment Benefits Funding

Amount of unemployment benefits funding provided from January 2020 through July 2021 for both initial and continued claims. Initial claims come from individuals who are requesting unemployment insurance aid for the first time. Continued claims come from individuals who have previously requested unemployment insurance aid and reflect ongoing need from existing economic impact.

Virginia Economic Commission (VEC)

January 2020 to July 2021

Food Distribution: Total Meals

Total number of meals distributed through the Summer Food Service Programs (including the Seamless Summer Program), School Nutrition Programs, and Child & Adult Care Food Programs (CACFPs) across Virginia starting from March 2020.

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of School Nutrition Programs

March 2020 to June 2021

SWaM Support: Small, Women, and Minority-Owned (SWaM) Businesses

Total number of small businesses in low income communities approved to receive funding through the Rebuild VA Fund since the grant started in August 2020.

Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (VDSBSD)

August 2020 to August 2021

Note

Description

Stakeholder provided data

Data for PPE Partnerships, Food Distribution, and SWaM Business Support was provided by the associated Secretariats, through coordination with the Health Equity Leadership Taskforce.

Rebuild VA Fund Requirements

Rebuild VA Fund is a $70 million economic recovery fund for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To receive the Rebuild VA Fund, Virginia Businesses and nonprofits must be in good standing, have annual gross revenues of no more than $10 million, and have no more than 250 full-time employees. The funding grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants to cover eligible expenses.

 

All funds had been exhausted and no new funding available from March 2021 to June 2021.

ONE Virginia Plan

Equity at a Glance Dashboard

The Equity at a Glance Dashboard provides a data-driven snapshot of Virginia’s standing across six social determinants of health indicators. The dashboard celebrates Virginia’s leadership in equity and serves as a call to action for leaders to continue closing health equity gaps across the Commonwealth.

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