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Health Equity and Social Justice Strategic Direction Team

Mission Statement

The Health Equity and Social Justice Strategic Direction Team's mission is to achieve health equity through social justice. The Committee identifies methods to institutionalize the principles of social justice into public health practice and NACCHO programs. Its work is based on research that documents the strong relationship between social and economic inequality and inequities in health status.

All health intervention strategies acknowledge and address the following:

  • Social determinants of health (housing, employment, poverty, etc.);
  • The ability of people to participate democratically to change their living and working conditions; and
  • Underlying injustices based on race, class, gender, religion, and sexual orientation that generate inequity in the distribution of disease.