CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index

CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index

Social vulnerability refers to the potential negative effects on communities caused by external stresses on human health. Such stresses include natural or human-caused disasters, or disease outbreaks. Reducing social vulnerability can decrease both human suffering and economic loss.

The CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index (CDC/ATSDR SVI) uses 16 U.S. census variables to help local officials identify communities that may need support before, during, or after disasters.

News & Updates

GRASP released the official CDC/ASTDR SVI 2020 update in October 2022. Access the newest update on the CDC/ATSDR SVI Data & Documentation Download page.

GRASP led the June 2020 publication of ‘Spatial exploration of the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index and heat-related health outcomes in Georgia’ in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Screenshot of the Southern states in the U.S. highlighting Sedgwick County.

The Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (MH SVI) uses data from the CDC/ATSDR SVI. The MH SVI enhances existing resources to support the identification of racial and ethnic minority communities at greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore information and data on the MH SVI.