Advancing Health Equity Blog Series: Introduction

October 31, 2016|2:52 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Over the past year, ASTHO Immediate Past President and Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger has promoted his challenge to state health officials, public health professionals, and non-public health professionals across the country to Advance Health Equity and Optimal Health for All. The foundation of the 2016 President’s Challenge is the Triple Aim of Health Equity, an approach that provided the following three pillars for advancing health equity: 1) Expand our understanding of what creates health; 2) Implement a health in all policies approach with health equity as the end goal; and 3) Strengthen the capacity of communities to create their own healthy futures. Each of these pillars are bound by social cohesion.

In addition to the President’s Challenge, the ASTHO 2016-2018 Strategic Map’s overarching goal is to Improve Health Equity and Population Health Outcomes Through Transformation Leadership. The two initiatives listed above, as well as programmatic activities led by ASTHO, have been instrumental in advancing health equity and improving population health.

This 2016-2017 blog series on advancing health equity in state and territorial public health will feature leaders from across the country who are advancing health equity and optimal health for all by addressing the social determinants of health (i.e., where people are born, live, work, play, and learn). The blog will include experts in transportation equity, environmental justice, parks and recreation, and disability advocates.

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About this Series

This article is part of a series on advancing health equity being published in 2016-2017 on ASTHO's blog, StatePublicHealth.org.

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