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Equity in Delaware

Partners in Equity

The Equity Counts Data Center is a joint project of the Delaware Division of Health and Social Services, United Way of Delaware, and the Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative.

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About the Equity Counts Data Center


The Equity Counts Data Center (ECDC) provides easily interpretable information on key indicators in Delaware.

This tool, provided for the community by the Delaware Department of Public Health and DHSS in conjunction with the United Way of Delaware, allows you to view data and key findings pertaining to the health, social determinants, and demographic characteristics of communities in Delaware as they relate to equity.

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What is equity, and why does it matter?

United Way Worldwide describes equity as "the intentional inclusion of everyone in society. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes."

In short, today, the opportunity to participate and prosper in American society is not the same for all.

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Pillars of Equity

Evidence of racial and other disparities appears in numerous measures of well-being—which the Equity Counts Data Center groups under "pillars" of health, education, criminal justice, and wealth creation. The Data Center is designed to help Delawareans explore these equity pillars at different geographic levels —and thereby motivate and support communities toward inclusion and equity action.

Pillars of Equity

Population Data

Demographics, population data and other community details.


Barriers to preventative care and health insurance coverage can lead to adverse chronic health outcomes.


People with higher levels of education are more likely to be healthier and live longer. Social and economic factors can affect academic success.

Criminal Justice

Student high-risk behaviors put them and their communities at risk for physical, behavioral, & mental health problems.

Wealth Creation

Many people cannot afford basic needs like healthy foods, health care, and housing even while working a stable job.