Office of Health Disparities transitions to the Office of Health Equity
Starting this week, the Office of Health Disparities becomes the Office of Healthy Equity. This change describes a shift in focus. ”Disparities” describes a problem; working to create health equity involves tackling the root causes of the problem. The legislation responsible for this change (HB 13-1088) also expands the scope of the office to serve a wider variety of populations including those defined by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, age and low socioeconomic status.
Although Colorado ranks as one of the healthiest states, gaps persist. Some communities bear a disproportionate burden of disease and, consequently, a poor quality of life. The Office of Health Equity is working closely with the Health Equity and Environmental Justice Collaborative and the newly formed Health Equity Commission to explore how the public health system and the state can give every Coloradan an equal chance to be healthy.
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