Promote public policies that eliminate social and economic barriers to achieving and maintaining health.
Promote meaningful access to quality health care and public health services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
Assist in developing a proactive workplace cultures that employ culturally competent professionals, establishes culturally competent internal systems, uses data to understand the problems and solutions for health equity, and allocates personnel and financial resources from across programs to enable broad community change to impact the social determinants of health.
Part of the effort to promote health equity is to reduce the barriers encountered by people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) by providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) based on Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Language Services helps reduce health disparities by providing meaningful access to programs and services for people who are limited English proficient by:
Language Services currently offers interpretation, and translation support as well as consulting services for division staff.
For additional information on CLAS standards, Title VI requirements and other language resources please visits our Digital Resources page.
Social Determinants of Health
"Social determinants of health are life-enhancing resources, such as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education and health care, whose distribution across populations effectively determines length and quality of life." - S.A. James in Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008.
WHO advocates that the public health system is obligated to confront health inequity by taking the lead in encouraging a wider and more strategic approach to developing healthy public policies to promote health equity and social justice; ensuring resources are distributed between areas in proportion to their relative needs; and responding appropriately to the health care needs of different social groups.