Regional Equity Atlas

The Regional Equity Atlas is a major research and education project to promote widespread opportunity for a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable region.

Our region’s exceptional quality of life should be accessible to all who live here, but not all communities benefit from the opportunities the region provides. The goal of the Equity Atlas is to create a better region for all by promoting changes in public policy, planning, and strategic investments to eliminate disparities. 

Using maps, policy analysis, community based research, and other tools, the Equity Atlas project assesses how well different populations across the four-county Portland-Vancouver metro region can access key resources necessary for meeting their basic needs and advancing their health and well-being.

The Equity Atlas project has three main parts:

  • Maps and explanation of the findings:  Find sample maps and an initial analysis of findings
  • Web-based mapping tool:  Create customized maps on key issues affecting the region
  • Outreach and education:  Get involved in using the Equity Atlas to create concrete changes in regional policies and priorities. Start by contacting us discuss how we can support your work, including providing an introductory workshop, technical training, or equity analysis for your organization or group.

By illuminating the region’s geography of opportunity, the Equity Atlas is a powerful tool for promoting greater regional equity.  It can be used to inform a wide range of planning, policy, and investment decisions, such as where to locate new housing, transit, parks, services, infrastructure, and other amenities, and where to most effectively target public and private investments. 


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Our primary partners on the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 Project are Metro,
Portland State University’s Institute for Metropolitan Studies, and Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation.

Major funding provided by the Bullitt Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Community Fund,
Meyer Memorial Trust, Northwest Health Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.