Health Equity

Health Equity

Health inequities exist among groups based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, education, income, disability, and geographic location. ASTHO's health equity strategic plan's central challenge is to mobilize leadership to achieve health equity. Its four objectives are:

  • Foster societal understanding and the will to achieve health equity.
  • Leverage and engage broad public/private partners in health equity solutions.
  • Leverage existing and new funding for health equity.
  • Strengthen organizational effectiveness in support of health equity.

A crosscutting strategy addresses the root causes of health inequities as well as measurement and evaluation.

Health Equity Strategic Map

The Role of the State/Territorial Health Official
in Promoting Health Equity

Infographic: Health Equity at ASTHO

Infographic: Health Equity at ASTHO ASTHO has created an infographic that highlights state and federal initiatives in health equity. The infographic also features a timeline of ASTHO’s own health equity program, which promotes health equity to our members, states, and partners through resources, policies, and technical assistance. View the infographic »

Health Equity Webinars

To view recordings, slides, and supporting resources from past ASTHO webinars, visit the health equity webinars page.

Achieving Health Equity: ASTHO Reports and Case Studies

ASTHO provides information and resources to state health officials on health equity and health disparities issues, including resources on the economic case for health equity, health equity case studies, maternal and infant disparities, and state stories. Read more »

Example Health Equity Reports from States and Territories

This page showcases a variety of selected state-produced health equity reports. Read more »

ASTHO Minority Health Survey

ASTHO collected data on state minority health and health disparities programs and documented the variations in infrastructure, capacity, history, goals, major activities (including programs and populations served). Read more »

Other Work by ASTHO Related to Health Equity

National Initiatives to Advance Health Equity

President’s Challenge on Health Equity (2010-2011)

John Auerbach, former commissioner of health from Massachusetts and past president of ASTHO, called on states to improve health equity in 2010-2011. The corresponding work of the Affiliate Health Equity Subcommittee helped guide ASTHO's strategic direction during the initiative.


Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, Chief, Health Systems Transformation
Meenoo Mishra, MPH, Senior Analyst, Health Equity