Online Program

An Overview of Existing State and Territorial Infrastructure for Health Equity and Minority Health

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Alison Mendoza-Walters, MPH, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA

State public health capacity to address minority health and health equity issues is critical to ensuring health equity for the nation. Between 2007 and 2014, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) conducted three surveys to assess health agency infrastructure and health equity efforts in the states and territories. The surveys were administered to 59 state and territorial health agencies. Analysis was conducted using SPSS 19 and 21 and included descriptive statistics and select longitudinal analyses. Results give a national picture of state and territorial health agency organizational infrastructure, strategic plan elements, and partnerships to address health disparities and promote health equity. This information is foundational for ASTHO’s efforts to support its members, strengthen state public health infrastructure, and research best practices.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe 2-3 characteristics of state-level infrastructure for minority health. Identify 2-3 ways in which state organizations promote health equity.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Director of Research and Evaluation at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, I have been involved in the development, administration, analysis, and reporting of various surveys over the course of four years. I hold an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and my coursework focused on assessment and evaluation.
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.