Race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socioeconomic status and geographic location can all impact a person’s ability to enjoy optimal health. Too often, they also lead to high rates of tobacco use and poor behavioral health outcomes. What can we, as public health and behavioral health professionals, do to advance health equity and build healthier communities?
We can adopt the Triple Aim of Health Equity to improve care, health and costs. Using this multi-pronged framework, we can expand our understanding of what creates health, take a “health in all policies” approach to the goal of health equity and strengthen the capacity of communities to create their own healthy future.
Public health professionals including health educators, local health department professionals and those working in other health-related agencies.
- Describe the world view that has led to policies in the United States that have contributed to poor health outcomes.
- Provide an alternative narrative to the dominant narrative about what creates health.
- Outline the components of the Triple Aim of Health Equity.
- Demonstrate how the Triple Aim of Health Equity can help frame effective approaches to addressing tobacco use and behavioral health issues.
- Offer a series of questions that could stimulate movement toward advancing health equity.
Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
This webcast was provided by the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Region V Public Health Training Center.
The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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