2022 SAG Award Winners

County of Los Angeles Dept of Internal Services and Dept of the CEO

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Project Goal

The Equity Explorer mapping tool allows County departments and other stakeholders to explore data throughout Los Angeles County to identify and prioritize areas of the highest need based on populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The mapping tool utilizes the COVID-19 Vulnerability and Recovery Index (Index) to stratify County cities and communities into five need tiers ranging from highest to lowest need based on COVID-19-related risk, severity, and recovery need indicators. The Equity Explorer mapping tool also features economic, health, environmental, education, demographic, and justice filters that allow users to access summary statistics for geographies down to the census tract level.

The County is using the Index to ensure $1.9 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds reach areas at greatest risk for COVID-19 infection and severity, as well as areas most impacted by the health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic.
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Business Problem Solved

Since January of 2020 when the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Los Angeles County (County), the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the lives of many residents and disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Board) recognized the immense opportunity afforded by the estimated $1.9 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to address these inequities and transform the lives of millions of County residents by centering equity and providing proportional resources to address the needs of communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to a Board motion on July 13, 2021, that directed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to propose equity principles and a formula that all departments must apply to ensure all ARP funds are expended, to the greatest extent possible, on residents and areas of the County most impacted by COVID-19 and most affected by poverty.

Technology Implemented

o Experience Builder to create the application
o ArcGIS Online to host, visualize, and share data
o ArcGIS Pro to create and configure data
o Survey123 to enable data entry (if you are including the forms as part of the solution)

Development Team Biography

• ISD:
- Shannon Julius
- Rob Graham
- Steve Steinberg
- Maddie Haynes (Esri)
- Solomon Pulapkura (Esri)
• CEO:
- D’Artagnan Scorza
- Breanna Hawkins