Addressing Equity Challenges Using a Health in All Policies Approach

May 21, 2021

Equity underpins many of the social determinants that affect public health outcomes, such as socioeconomic factors, social capital, and access to health-related resources. In their COVID-19 response framework, the California and Minnesota departments of health apply a Health in All Policies approach to address equity challenges. This brief highlights how both states are using the Health in All Policies framework to address systemic racism and social inequity between populations of different racial and ethnic groups. In many jurisdictions, public health’s role in addressing these challenges is shifting from remedying communities’ health issues to mobilizing coalitions that uproot the systemic issues perpetuating health disparities.

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