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New Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations Resource Guide Released


With support and funding from CDC, the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NCPERRC) at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health developed and introduced an online Vulnerable & At-Risk Populations Resource Guide.

The guide uses CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index, with options to map counties and regions by layers according to socioeconomic status, household composition/disability, minority status/language, housing/transportation, and an overall composite layer highlighting the most and least vulnerable populations according to the index.  Originally launched in January 2012, the guide was recently updated to include an interactive mapping environment and a searchable database of resources on vulnerable and at-risk populations.

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Center for Threat Preparedness was an early partner in the development of the guide and provides ongoing feedback to the NCPERRC. The guide provides a custom list of resources with accompanying jurisdictional maps to aide West Virginia’s local and state agencies in preparedness planning for vulnerable and at-risk populations. The Guide also assists state and local agencies with improved, local, regional and statewide mapping options with custom mapping available. Direct links to population and partner-specific resources and tools are selected to help improve partnerships and planning for the "whole community."

To access the guide, click here or go to

For more Vulnerable and At-Risk Population tools and materials, click here.

Contact Information

Luke Mitchell (304) 558-6900
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