The Office of Health Equity is committed to ensuring that every Coloradan has an equal opportunity to achieve their full health potential.
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 & 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.
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 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.