Office of Health Equity

Office of Health Equity

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Minority Health Status Report​​

The Minority Health Status Report (MHSR) is produced biennially in odd-numbered years in compliance with KRS 216.2929, Section 4. The MHSR aims to provide a quantifiable overview of the current health outcomes for minority groups in Kentucky as compared to the population at large and offers recommendations to meet the identified health needs of minority populations.

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), in partnership with Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) subject matter experts and partners, developed the Kentucky Health Equity Dashboard to leverage data to address health disparities within the Commonwealth. This dashboard can be a resource for policymakers, health care providers, community organizations, residents, and more to inform decisions, develop targeted health interventions, and encourage informed community discussions and advocacy for health equity initiatives. Through making data easily accessible, the KDPH aims to foster a collaborative approach to health equity that involves stakeholders from all levels becoming involved to ensure that every person has the opportunity to reach their full human potential.​

The Kentucky Health Equity Dashboard is composed of two components: Key Performance Metrics (KPMs) and Health Opportunities Index (HOI).

​​​​​​ ​​​​​Kentucky Health Equity Dashboard ​​​​​ ​​​​​
Key Performance Metrics: Key Performance Metrics (KPMs) help to track progress toward better and more equitable health outcomes.​ ​​The KPM Rationale​ provides an underlying explanation of each KPM. 
Health Opportunity Index: The Health Opportunity Index (HOI) is a comprehensive measure designed to capture the multifaceted nature of health opportunities available to individuals and communities. 

​​CDC's CORE Commitment to Health Equity 

CDC Core Commitment to Health Equity Infographic

The CDC Office of Health Equity Mission: The Office of Health Equity exists to ensure health equity is embedded in an all-of-public health approach to overcoming persistent health disparities and health inequities across a range of population groups that disproportionately experience poor health outcomes.
  • Health Equity is when everyone in society has the same opportunity to achieve and sustain optimal health.
  • Health Disparities are measurable differences in the incidence and prevalence of health conditions, health status, and outcomes between groups. 
  • Health Inequalities result when Health Disparities are the systematic and unjust distribution of these critical conditions (social determinants).
  • Social Determinants are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age which govern health.
  • Racial Equity is the transformation of society to eliminate racial hierarchies and advance collective fair equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.​

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