Health Equity Initiatives
The existence of a positive correlation between social/economic status and life expectancy is an indicator of health inequity. Health inequity results when the social gradient is shaped by economic and social conditions that are not only unfair but avoidable. Examples include unequal distribution of societal burdens such as the disproportionate placement of toxic landfills near low-income communities, lack of inclusionary zoning laws to promote mixed-income housing and discourage de-facto housing segregation, and the existence of economic policies that result in the widening income inequality gap.
In order to increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the state, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic and underserved populations, the Bureau of Minority Health Access must execute the following objectives: