Section for Health Equity

The vision of the Section for Health Equity is to promote health equity in racial and ethnic minority populations and socially disadvantaged communities through community engagement, research, training, and policy. The Section for Health Equity is guided by a multi-prong framework that integrates a:

  • Social determinants approach that recognizes the role of social factors and structural determinants in the production of health disparities and inequities.
  • Health in all policy approach that includes stakeholders from multiple sectors (both health and non-health) in developing shared strategies that promote health equity and applies a participatory action approach.
  • Asset-building strategies that build on community and individual assets and resources for reducing health disparities and promoting health equity. Many of its research programs are focused on the community health worker model and other family-centered, culturally-appropriate approaches to improving health.