Everyone is vulnerable to illness and injury. But where each person lives has outsized influence on what happens next. The U.S. is a wealthy country that devotes nearly 20% of its economy to healthcare, but those resources are inequitably distributed. With support from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Modern Healthcare used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social vulnerability index, along with Health Resources and Services Administration access scores, to map the regions with the poorest access to healthcare and highest levels of social vulnerability. Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, the Bronx, New York, and Navajo County, Arizona are among the hundreds of communities where access to quality, affordable healthcare is limited because of structural deficiencies. Each place is unique but they share common characteristics and experiences that underscore how the U.S. healthcare system falls short.

Unwell:Mapping Inequity in American Healthcare

Unwell: How Health Inequity Maps Out Across America

The U.S. spends billions on healthcare every year, but areas that rank worst on the CDC's social vulnerability index suffer from the system's many shortcomings.


This map shows where social vulnerability and poor access to healthcare in the United States intersect. Massive gaps persist in the South and among rural, urban and tribal communities, which illustrate shortcomings of the industry to provide care to people that need it most.

Unwell: Mapping Inequity in American Healthcare