Health equity is when all people, regardless of who they are or what they believe, have the opportunity to attain their full health potential. Achieving health equity requires valuing all people equally with focused and ongoing efforts to address inequalities.
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
- Build relationships with communities and across sectors to address root causes of health disparities.
- Use a Health in All Policies approach and partner with all sectors of Government to embed health and equity considerations into their decision making process.
- Use data to support the narrative of the Social Determinants of Health and tell the story of what creates health.
- Develop, implement and provide guidance on health equity training, practice and policies within CDPHE and across the state of Colorado.
Our office and the Health Equity Commission were codified in statute through Senate Bill 242 in May 2007. In 2013, House Bill 13-1088 changed the name of the office to the Office of Health Equity and expanded it to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), aging, disabled, low-socioeconomic and geographic populations. The Minority Health Advisory Commission and the Interagency Health Disparities Leadership Council were consolidated into the Health Equity Commission.