Health Equity in Public Service: A Collaborative Opportunity
Health equity is achieved when everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health (Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2023). Addressing laws, policies, and practices that have created obstacles to good health for all people is an opportunity for those in public service to work collaboratively with public health practitioners and other community stakeholders to advance health equity. Everyone has a role in shaping health outcomes! This presentation by Prevention Systems Manager for the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Dr. Dawn Thomas defines health equity terminology and intersectionality of those terms, provides an overview of social determinants and how they impact health and explores the value of cross-sector collaboration for improved health outcomes.