Health Equity

CSMS Symposium: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Readmission Rates click here for summary and presentations.

Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.”

The CSMS Health Equity Committee believes that:

  • Physicians should take the lead to influence the practice level in ways to improve health care outcomes for diverse populations
  • Organized medicine has a role to advocate for the human and capital resources physicians and patients need to achieve optimal health

CT Department of Public Health

The CT Department of Public Health – Health Disparities program monitors health disparities as an essential part of reducing the disease burden on vulnerable populations in Connecticut, identifying high-risk groups, formulating health care policy, and evaluating our state’s progress in eliminating health disparities. This website offers publications, presentations, fact sheets, mortality tables, state and federal links.

CT Commission on Health Equity

CT Commission on Health Equity – Established in 2008 under Public Act 08-171, the purpose of the CT Commission on Health Equity (CHE) is to affect legislation to improve the health outcomes of Connecticut residents based on race, ethnicity, gender and linguistic ability. CHE also hosts the DataScan Portal, which offers a wide range of health and demographic measures that are accessible initially in spreadsheet and chart form through the Knowledge Center.

CDC - Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) – The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity monitors and reports on the health status of vulnerable populations and the effectiveness of health protection programs. This website provides publications, data, research and other resources for health professionals.

HHS - Office of Minority Health

HHS Office of Minority HealthThe Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. This website offers publications, research, a federal clearinghouse, campaigns and initiatives.

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