Date: September 8 2022
Summary: A small article on how the CDC's social vulnerability index was associated with heat-related morbidities in Georgia
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E. A. Lehnert, "Spatial exploration of the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index and heat-related health outcomes in Georgia," International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, p. 7, 2020.
I read this paper to find out more about the social vulnerability index and how it can be used in the state of Georgia. It wasn't particularly insightful although the discussion about calculating SVI for GA and its definition about social vulnerability was helpful.
Social vulnerability is defined as the extent to which a community contains social characteristics that may affect the community's overall resilience (18). It is affected by - Situational factors: Employment, Education, Income, Housing Type (19, 20) - Intrinsic factors: Age, Race, and Ethnicity (19, 21)
I never knew the term for this but historically, where African Americans were heavily enslaved is called the "Black Belt". The authors found that high SVI and heat-related deaths were often found in these historical communities .
Zelko, Jacob. Spatial exploration of the CDC's Social Vulnerability Index and heat-related health outcomes in Georgia. https://jacobzelko.com/09082022132106-spatial-vulnerability-outcomes. September 8 2022.