New Haven Health

Public Health Equity

To achieve health equity we must change the systems and policies that have created on-going health inequities.

What is health equity?

Health equity is when everyone has a fair opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Health inequity is when differences, such as gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, and where you live, affect one’s access to healthcare and can lead to poorer health outcomes

Our Goals

The New Haven Health Department’s 2023 Strategic Plan includes the goal to Confront Racism and Advance Racial Justice as its top strategic priority.

To address this priority, we are focused on the following objectives: 

  • Implement annual Health Department training designed to increase cultural awareness and to better understand the intersection of racism and the public’s health.
  • Make the Health Department a model for racial justice that advances this goal through vision, strategy and action.
  • Increase the number of City agencies that express an understanding of what creates racial justice and health equities.
  • Implement strategies to improve culturally sensitive communications and promote equitable conflict resolution.

Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis in New Haven

NHV Strategy Document

Using Data to Make a Difference

Community health data is essential in identifying health issues and establishing priorities.

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