Resources for States to Address Health Equity and Disparities

Many states are transforming their health care delivery systems to improve health and control costs. Reducing health disparities — and addressing their social and economic causes — is at the heart of many of these efforts.

Health equity means everyone has an equal opportunity to live a long and healthy life regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, income, neighborhood, education, or any other social condition.

Despite its high price tag, the majority of health care spending ignores critical determinants of health, including social and economic factors, the environment, and health behaviors. By increasing health equity, states can achieve improved, long-term health outcomes.

The following resources showcase effective state efforts to achieve health equity, improve care, and prioritize the social determinants of health. To suggest a resource or share your state’s efforts, contact Malka Berro.


Racial and Ethnic Disparities
State Models
Social Determinants of Health