Social Determinants of Health Dashboard

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems and removing barriers to help everyone reach their potential.

United Way’s focus areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs address local disparities and inequities within the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) framework so that everyone can reach their full potential. SDOH summarizes elements of our environment, beyond personal and physical health outcomes, that impact each person’s ability to have a healthy, productive life. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, factors are grouped into five categories:


United Way of the Plains has compiled public data to measure our community’s progress of key indicators within the SDOH framework. This dashboard is intended to guide critical thinking, facilitate conversations with various community stakeholders and track our community’s progress.

Interpreting the Dashboard

The dashboard compares the conditions in the city of Wichita with the average for the state of Kansas. When city level data was not available, county level data was used. These data points are noted with an *.

Arrows: Arrows indicate how the conditions of Wichita compare to that of the state of Kansas.

Wichita conditions are better than the average for the state of Kansas

Wichita conditions are comparable to the average for the state of Kansas
(+/- 1%)

Wichita conditions are worse than the average for the state of Kansas

Source Information: Click on the arrow for source documentation on that key indicator.

Education equips people with skills they need to personally thrive and contribute to their community. A quality education leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement and good health.

A child with a toothache is distracted from learning. Adults with chronic conditions often miss work, affecting their earnings. Access to equitable, affordable, and quality healthcare impacts one’s ability to live their best life. 

The elements of your lived context – housing, neighborhood and environment – impact your health and safety. Access to safe housing, transportation, healthy food and exercise increase one’s ability to thrive. 

Positive relationships with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors provide a support system to help navigate challenging situations. Social support and community engagement are critical for improving people’s health and wellbeing. 

Earning a steady income allows people to achieve economic stability and meet their basic needs, like food, health care and housing. 

Dashboard updated June 2023. 


Our focus is on healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Click below to learn more about what we’re doing, the programs we invest in and our lasting impact in each area.