State Tools


California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (CalBRACE)

CalBRACE is a project through California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that aims to enhance the agency’s capability to plan for and reduce health risks associated with climate change. The CalBRACE project focuses on preparing for three main climate impacts: increasing temperature/extreme heat, wildfire, and sea level rise (including flooding). The project aims to enhance preparedness and resilience at the state and local levels to the threats and changes posed by climate change. Climate Change and Health Profile Reports were created to prepare counties for the health impacts related to climate change through adaptation planning.

Climate Change and Health Profile Reports:

California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen)

The California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen) is a science-based screening tool developed by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (Cal/EPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that can be used to help identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Planning

Caltrans’ Division of Transportation Planning articulates a long-term vision for California’s transportation system and implements statewide transportation policy through partnerships with State, regional, and local agencies. The Division provides quality Planning Products, Services, and Information to support and guide transportation investment decisions.

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), is the nation’s largest state health survey it provides data from Californians and about the state’s racial and ethnic groups. The survey provides yearly insights on population health. Two data query systems are part of CHIS: AskCHIS and AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition. AskCHIS allows users to search for health statistics at the county, region, and state level. AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition is a data visualization and dissemination platform that allows searching at smaller geographies such as, zip code, city, county, legislative districts to produce tables, thematic maps, and bar charts.

California Healthy Places Index (HPI)

The Public Health Alliance has developed a composite index to identify cumulative health disadvantages across California. The purpose of the Healthy Places Index (HPI) is to prioritize public and private investments, resources, and programs. HPI includes diverse non-medical economic, social, political, and environmental factors that influence physical and cognitive function, behavior and disease. These factors are often called either health determinants or social determinants of health and form the root causes of disadvantage.

California Heat Assessment Tool

The California Heat Assessment Tool, funded by the California Natural Resources Agency, was developed for local and state health practitioners to understand heat vulnerabilities driven by climate change and where action can be taken to mitigate public health impacts of extreme heat in the future.

California Protected Areas Data Portal

The California Protected Areas Data Portal provides a detailed GIS inventory of all parks and open space owned by agencies and non-profits in California and serves as a resource to assess access and proximity.

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research: General Plan Guidelines for Healthy Communities

The Office of Planning and Research publishes General Plan Guidelines, which include a section on building Healthy Communities. The guidelines include a general analysis on a number of topic areas, as well as links to sources of health related data.

Healthy Communities Data and Indicators Project (HCI)

California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity developed the Healthy Communities Data and Indicators Project (HCI) which provides standardized sets of statistical measures, data, and tools on the social determinants of health in California. The project’s goal is to provide datasets and tools that inform agencies across a variety of sectors in order for them to plan for healthy communities and evaluate the impact of plans, projects, policy, and environmental changes on community health.

Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS)

The Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) is a tool that provides access to California crash data, the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) that has been geocoded to map out crashes.