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State of the Health Equity Movement, 2011 Update

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institute-for-alternative-futures-logoThe Disparity Reducing Advances Project - DRA Project
Report No. 11-01

Prepared by Clem Bezold, Nathan Birnbaum, Emily Masterson, and Heidi Schoomaker
Institute for Alternative Futures IAF


Part A: Overview - PDF [14p.] at: http://bit.ly/IWRaY2

Part B: Catalog of Activities - PDF [96p] at: http://bit.ly/IIPirw

Part C: Compendium of Recommendations - PDF [182p.] at: http://bit.ly/IIPQxJ

This set of reports brings attention to the often unnoticed but growing trend of policy decisions, administrative actions, and community efforts seeking health equity ‐‐fair access to health resources and a fair distribution of health outcomes.

In the United States, awareness of health inequalities and commitment to pursue health equity are both increasing, despite the worst economic conditions in 80 years. Economic conditions threaten to worsen the unfair distribution of health outcomes. Yet efforts and specific recommendations for health equity continue to grow.

The 2011 Update reports provide a convenient resource that identifies 159 different health equity activities and 79 sets of recommendations from local, state, national, and international reports.

The 2011 Update notes that many of the recommendations focus on:

  • Early childhood investment
  • Education
  • Active living, housing, transportation, and the environment
  • Healthy eating and behaviors
  • Employment
  • Law enforcement/criminal justice
  • Health care
  • Community and interagency collaboration

This breadth of areas reflects the growth in “Health in All Policies” thinking and analysis among community groups and governments at all levels, calling for each sector to contribute to the quality of the nation's health.

The 2011 Update also identifies the following recurring strategic themes across activities and recommendations:

  • Increasing awareness of health inequities and the social determinants of health
  • Advocacy and leadership for health equity and social justice
  • Emphasizing community empowerment
  • Increasing collaborative partnerships with all sectors
  • The need to coordinate and utilize research and outcome evaluations more effectively

Source: PAHO/WHO

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2012 15:06 )  

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