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An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region (2017)
An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region highlights the widening inequities in income, wealth, health, and opportunity in Los Angeles County. The report was developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC, and is supported by the Weingart Foundation. While the nation is projected to become a people-of-color majority by the year 2044, Los Angeles reached that milestone in the 1980s. Los Angeles’ diversity is a major asset in the global economy, but inequities and disparities are holding the region back. The report underscores how closing racial gaps in economic opportunity and outcomes will be key to the region’s future. To read the full report, click here.

Highway to Health: Life Expectancy in Los Angeles County (2017)
A new brief published by Measure of America in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Highway to Health: Life Expectancy in Los Angeles County reveals up-to-date life expectancy calculations for cities and unincorporated areas within Los Angeles County, the first release of such data in more than a decade. The report examines 106 cities and unincorporated neighborhoods and includes recommendations for increasing life expectancy and reducing disparities. To explore the data, click here.

The Curb-Cut Effect by Angela Glover Blackwell (Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 2017)
There’s an ingrained societal suspicion that intentionally supporting one group hurts another. That equity is a zero sum game. In fact, when the nation targets support where it is needed most—when we create the circumstances that allow those who have been left behind to participate and contribute fully—everyone wins. The corollary is also true: When we ignore the challenges faced by the most vulnerable among us, those challenges, magnified many times over, become a drag on economic growth, prosperity, and national well-being. To read the full article, click here.

Measure of America: 2014-2015
Founded in 2007, Measure of America is a nonpartisan project of the Social Science Research Council. It creates easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and stimulates fact-based dialogue about these issues. Through printed and online reports, interactive maps, and custom-built dashboards, Measure of America works closely with partners to “breathe life” into numbers, using data to identify areas of need, pinpoint levers for change, and track progress over time. Click here to read the 2014-2015 report.

California Human Development Report (2011)
A Portrait of California

Part of the American Human Development Project’s Measure of America series, A Portrait of California was the first California Human Development Report and explores well-being and access to opportunity across the Golden State. The report also ranks the major racial and ethnic groups, native- and foreign-born residents, and the 233 neighborhood clusters across the state for which there are reliable U.S Census data. [Read the report]