The Kentucky Department for Public Health Office of Health Equity (OHE) addresses health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities and rural Appalachian populations. OHE received initial grant support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Currently, OHE receives funding support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
OHE supports goals- and evidence-based strategies of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities to achieve comprehensive, sustained, community-based health equity. OHE also supports activities and services to address health disparities through partnerships with health departments, universities, nonprofit organizations and private health systems.
“Attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities.”