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Policy makers and planners use a variety of methods to identify disadvantaged communities. 

IDENTIFYING environmental justice communities

Calenviroscreen 3.0

The primary tool used by state and local policy makers to identify disadvantaged communities and prioritize community investments. Uses 19 indicators, spanning exposure to air, soil, and water pollution, and their interaction with biological, social, and health characteristics of different populations.

Healthy PLaces Index

Uses 25  indicators, organized into 8 policy action areas, including economy, education, healthcare access, housing, neighborhoods, clean environment, transportation, and social environment. Provides policy recommendations for each indicator used. 7 of the 19 indicators used in CalEnviroScreen are also used in the Healthy Places Index.

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