Office of Health Equity

 
Mission
Build partnerships to mobilize community power and transform systems to advance health equity and environmental justice. 
 
Vision
Every Coloradan has equitable access and opportunity to thrive regardless of who they are or where they come from.
 
 
Our beliefs
 
Racial and social justice: We recognize that systems and policies must be changed to eliminate racism and other injustices in order to achieve equity. 
 
Community power: We prioritize the expertise of communities and aim to strengthen the capacity of communities to create their own healthy futures.
 
Accountability: We strive to build trust with communities, partners and colleagues by owning our biases and respectfully challenging assumptions and stereotypes. 
 
Diversity and inclusion: We believe that every person - no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, religion or ability - has the right to access culturally relevant information, resources and services that result in optimal health outcomes.        
 
 
Our biweekly news providing inspiration and tools for health equity and environmental justice work. We hope you'll join us in changing Colorado's story.
 
Our staff, office functions and history.
 
Resources created by the Office of Health Equity to help you apply Health Equity & Environmental Justice to planning, programs, policies, and other processes. 
 
When it comes to reporting data on health disparities, data or information may have the opposite effect we hope it does; it can perpetuate negative stereotypes or victim-blaming. To avoid this, a group of CDPHE employees developed a statement on structural inequity.
 
The Health Disparities Grant Program was created to provide prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer and cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases to under-represented populations. 
 
The Health Equity Commission advises the department through the Office of Health Equity on health equity issues, focusing on alignment, education and capacity-building for state and local health programs and community-based organizations. 
 
This page provides links to local and national resources as well as local and national grant programs. 
 
 

 

Graphic showing people of different heights with platforms to raise them all to an equal level

Image source: Interaction Institute for Social Change

 

Contact
cdphe_healthequity@state.co.us
303-692-2087

 

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