HEZ Eligibility Criteria and Data Maps.
The following Zip Code level health data is available:
• Average Age-Adjusted Death Rate for All Causes of Death;
• Age-Adjusted Death Rate for Diseases of the Heart;
• Total HIV Living Case Rate;
• Number and Proportion of Emergency Department Visits with a Chief Complaint of Asthma;
• Number and Proportion of Emergency Department Visits with a Chief Complaint of Diabetes;
• Number and Proportion of Emergency Department Visits with a Chief Complaint of Congestive Heart Failure.
Additionally, an external link is available that displays Maryland Hospital Inpatient Discharge Rates by Zip Code.
As stated in the Joint Chairmen’s Report and during the public comment period, there are four threshold eligibility criteria (below).
1 An HEZ must be a community, or contiguous cluster of communities, defined by zip codes boundaries (one or more multiple zip codes);
2 An HEZ must have a resident population of at least 5,000 individuals*;
3. An HEZ must demonstrate economic disadvantage by having either:
4. An HEZ must demonstrate poor health outcomes by having either:
The Department has set the median value for economic disadvantage (Medicaid enrollment or WIC participation) and poor health outcomes (life expectancy or % of low birth weight infants) as the eligibility cutoff. An HEZ made up of multiple zip codes must meet these thresholds in each zip code if the values are known.
* The overall resident population in a proposed HEZ must total 5,000 individuals or more. If a proposed HEZ is comprised of multiple zip code areas, it is not a requirement that each zip code area have a population of 5,000 or more.
HEZ Eligibility Data Map
Data for zip codes with a population of 5,000 or more is available in the Interactive HEZ Eligibility Data Map below.
Interactive HEZ Eligibility Map:
- Zip codes shown in yellow do not meet the baseline eligibility requirement for that criterion.
- Zip codes shown in red meet the baseline eligibility requirement for that criterion.
- Zip codes shown in white do not show data because they do not have a resident population of at least 5,000. These zip codes may be eligible if they are added to other zip codes such that the total resident population of the proposed HEZ reaches 5,000 individuals or more.
HEZ Supplemental Data Map
HEZ applicants are encouraged to include additional health, economic, or other social data relevant to the particular HEZ as may be helpful in supporting the HEZ proposal. The following are supplemental, zip code specific data sets which applicants may consider, as well as other data sources that may be helpful in describing characteristics of a proposed HEZ.
Interactive HEZ Supplemental Map:
HEZ Supplemental Data Map Data Dictionaries:
Average Age-Adjusted Death Rate for All Causes of Death (PDF)
Average Age-Adjusted Death Rate for Diseases of the Heart (PDF)
Total Living HIV Case Rate (PDF)