Achieving health equity across all population groups is a goal that will require vision and commitment from all sectors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a central role to play in this undertaking. In 2014, the Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the CDC made a series of recommendations to achieve health equity: (1) develop a CDC framework for action to achieve health equity; (2) identify and monitor indicators of health equity; (3) align universal interventions that promote better public health with more targeted, culturally tailored interventions in communities at highest risk; (4) support rigorous evaluation of all programs and interventions; (5) build community capacity to implement and sustain programs; and (6) support training and professional development of the workforce. These recommendations may serve as a useful blueprint for achieving health equity by state and local health agencies or other organizations.
This commentary discusses a series of recommendations by the Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the CDC to achieve health equity across all population groups.
Departments of Emergency Medicine and Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.
Correspondence: Lynne D. Richardson, MD, FACEP, Department of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 1 Gustave L. Levy Pl, Box 1620, New York, NY 10029 (Lynne.Richardson@mssm.edu).
The Health Equity recommendations described in this commentary were developed by the Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Lynne D. Richardson, MD (Chair); Nisha Botchwey, PhD, MCRP, MPH; Phillip Bowman, PhD; Bonnie M. Duran, DrPH, MPH; Jewel M. Mullen, MD, MPH, MA; Robert M. Pestronk, MPH; James Rimmer, PhD; Elena Rios, MD, MSPH; Marguerite Ro, DrPH; Will Ross, MD, MPH; Bobbi Ryder; Jason Schneider, MD; and David Williams, PhD, MPH. The Subcommittee acknowledges the support of the dedicated CDC staff: Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH; Mary E. Hall, MPH; and Gayle J. Hickman.
The author declares no conflicts of interest.