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.

Graphic showing percent of births breastfeed by SES vulnerability

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS) platform – a web-based suite of tools populated with vital statistics and discharge/ER data for community health assessment and policy decision-making – can now analyze web queries and trends by socioeconomic vulnerability (SES) based on data from the CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). The SES data include poverty, unemployment, housing burden, education, and health insurance. Explore the OASIS tool today.