Toward Achieving Health Equity: Emerging Evidence and Program Practice : Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

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Toward Achieving Health Equity

Emerging Evidence and Program Practice

Dicent Taillepierre, Julio C. MS; Liburd, Leandris PhD, MPH, MA; O'Connor, Ann MPA; Valentine, Jo MSW; Bouye, Karen PhD, MPH, MS; McCree, Donna Hubbard PhD, MPH, RPh; Chapel, Thomas MA, MBA; Hahn, Robert PhD, MPH

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Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 22():p S43-S49, January/February 2016. | DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000375

Health equity, in the context of public health in the United States, can be characterized as action to ensure all population groups living within a targeted jurisdiction have access to the resources that promote and protect health. There appear to be several elements in program design that enhance health equity. These design elements include consideration of sociodemographic characteristics, understanding the evidence base for reducing health disparities, leveraging multisectoral collaboration, using clustered interventions, engaging communities, and conducting rigorous planning and evaluation. This article describes selected examples of public health programs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has supported related to these design elements. In addition, it describes an initiative to ensure that CDC extramural grant programs incorporate program strategies to advance health equity, and examples of national reports published by the CDC related to health disparities, health equity, and social determinants of health.

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