Results and indicators are from the Healthy Connecticut 2020 State Health Improvement Plan. Language services is a DPH priority.
Strategic Priority - Champion a Culture of Health Equity
National studies have found that poor communications adversely impact the health of persons who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP).
- See Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality at http://innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx?id=2726. Accessed 09/25/14.
- See also the many resources on the federal Office of Minority Health's website for further research and discussion, at https://www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/content/clas.asp.
- DPH has many informative documents on its Health Disparities web page, at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388116%20%20%20.
The Office of Health Equity (OHE), established October 1, 2014, aims to improve health in Connecticut, especially among minority and underserved populations. The responsibility of the Office of Health Equity is "to improve the health of all Connecticut residents by working to eliminate differences in disease, disability and death rates among ethnic, racial and other populations groups that are known to have adverse health status or outcomes. Such population groups may be based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic position, immigrant status, sexual minority status, language, disability, homelessness, mental illness or geographic area of residence." Source: Connecticut General Assembly, 2014. Public Act No. 14-231.
The Office of Health Equity collaborates with DPH staff through a variety of health equity workgroups and trainings; with DPH program subcontractors through CLAS Standards trainings; and with a network of state agencies, commissions, community-based organizations, and with our lead partner organization, the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership, to advance health equity and eliminate health disparities in our state.
The goal of the Office of Health Equity is to advance health equity and eliminate health disparities in our state, in collaboration with our partners.