The Advancing Wellness Poll

“There is a direct connection between low-income levels and residents’ opportunities to lead healthy lives.”

“People of color are disproportionally affected by health disparities in the state.”

“Despite some progress, 3.8 million Californians – the equivalent of the entire population of Los Angeles – remain uninsured.”

“Californians living with gang and gun violence in their communities report that they are less healthy than Californians who do not encounter these threats.”

“Half of Californians recognize this lack of healthy food options as an ‘extremely important’ health threat.”

“About four in ten Californians report that they live without clean air and water.”

The Advancing Wellness Poll

What Makes a Healthy Community?

We reached out to Californians to hear how their health is impacted by where they live. The poll explored factors like safety, access to quality health care, jobs, education and more. We also partnered with Zócalo Public Square to share the stories behind the data and lift up community voices from across the state.

Key Findings
The Report
The Stories
The Events
About the Poll


Key Findings

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Further Findings

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The Report

The Advancing Wellness Poll, conducted by Field Research Corporation, surveyed nearly 2,200 California adults in seven languages and dialects to capture perspectives across the state’s diverse populations. The poll finds that problems including rising income inequality, crime, environmental pollution and lack of economic opportunity are taking a toll on Californians’ health and wellness – and residents know it.

The Stories

California is an unequal state when it comes to health and wellness, but the poll uncovered bright spots. We partnered with journalists at Zócalo Public Square to share stories of both the challenges Californians face and the solutions they have discovered.

“In such a sprawling place, with so much disconnection, how much could people care about their own little neighborhoods?
Answer: An awful lot.”

– from “Californians Want Much More From Our Neighborhoods” by columnist Joe Mathews of Zócalo Public Square.

Click on the map below to see stories from around the state.


The Events

We partnered with Zócalo Public Square to spark conversations about health and wellness in communities facing some of the most striking health challenges.

Event Videos

Fresno Event Video
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Riverside Event Video
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Los Angeles Event Video
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

About the Advancing Wellness Poll

The California Wellness Foundation made a grant to Field Research Corporation to develop and conduct the Advancing Wellness Poll to find out how Californians feel about their health and well-being and the health and wellness of their communities. While other surveys frequently target voters, the Advancing Wellness Poll provides an opportunity to hear from all types of Californians about the factors that contribute to the health of their communities – including safety, education, access to food and job opportunities. Through conversations with 2,178 California adults conducted in seven different languages and dialects, the poll examines the health inequities that exist across the state’s diverse populations, as well as the factors that contribute to these inequities, in an effort to guide the Foundation’s work to support community solutions and catalyze meaningful conversations about what it means to live in a healthy community. The Foundation will use findings from the poll to guide its grantmaking and establish benchmarks to track its progress.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.

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