"Data Tools for Change" webinar

Introducing the Child Opportunity Index and how to use it
Published: 03.18.2015 Updated: 10.22.2019

Leaders at every level recognize that a child’s well-being should not be determined by their zip code, but how can policymakers and practitioners take action to ensure healthy places for all? The Child Opportunity Index, developed in partnership between diversitydatakids.org and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, arms leaders with critical data to inform strategies that increase equity and opportunity.

The purpose of this webinar was to introduce the Child Opportunity Index and show how it can further cross-sector efforts towards child health equity. Leaders and researchers at the intersection of public health and community development can benefit from rigorous, neighborhood-level data to understand needs and target collaborative action.


  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP, Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Brandeis University; Director, diversitydatakids.org
  • Colby Dailey, Managing Director, Build Healthy Places Network
  • Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center and Founding Director, Vital Village Community Engagement Network
  • Sarah Treuhaft, Deputy Director, PolicyLink (moderator)