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Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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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:

  • Gain an understanding of the impact of pending health care reform on health equity
  • Lay the groundwork for regional and local advocate communities working to promote health equity
  • Share information about work on health equity
  • Build new relationships and connections with others working on health equity and access
  • Identify priorities for health equity work
  • Determine resources needed for this work
  • Discuss how local and national organizations can assist in moving health equity work forward

National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity

National Health Equity Initiatives