Health Agency Infrastructure for Addressing Health Equity
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
: 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Eliminating health disparities has remained a public health priority over the past three decades, but there have been few lasting reductions. Dedicated infrastructure for promoting health equity is one element that can help state health agency efforts to address this issue. In order to identify the level of investment in state and territorial health agencies for addressing health equity, the US Office of Minority Health and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials conducted a survey of state and territorial health agencies (STHAs) to understand and catalogue agencies’ infrastructure and capacity for improving minority health outcomes. The Minority Health Infrastructure Survey was distributed in 2007, 2010, and 2014 to each of the US states, territories, and nations with compacts of free association with the US, as well as the District of Columbia; we will present both current and longitudinal results. We found that although priority populations and level of preparedness to address health disparities varied greatly by area, all responding jurisdictions had in place some infrastructure for addressing health equity. Survey findings elucidate STHAs’ capacity to eliminate health disparities and demonstrate a high and increasing level of attention to health equity among state and territorial governments. This presentation will provide an in-depth account of selected survey results and outline implications for future health equity initiatives at the state and territorial level.
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related research
Identify key elements of state and territorial infrastructure for addressing health equity.
Describe the current capacity for addressing health equity among US state and territorial health agencies.
Discuss implications for future health equity initiatives at the state and territorial level.
Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Minority Health
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I and my colleagues at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) have led the distribution and analysis of the surveys reported in this presentation. ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. The organization has a strong history of mobilizing leadership to achieve health equity.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines,
and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.