Statement on structural inequity
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, CDPHE staff developed a statement on structural inequity, which is featured below.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment acknowledges that generations-long social, economic and environmental inequities result in adverse health outcomes. They affect communities differently and have a greater influence on health outcomes than either individual choices or one’s ability to access health care. Reducing health disparities through policies, practices and organizational systems can help improve opportunities for all Coloradans.
For brief documents (one page or less), consider using this abbreviated version
CDPHE acknowledges that social, economic, and environmental inequities result in negative health outcomes and have a greater impact than individual choices. By changing policies and practices we can reduce disparities and help improve opportunities for all Coloradans.