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What is health equity?
To the Health Care Authority (HCA), health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care. Health equity is a core value of HCA.
Our language is based on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s definition of health equity.
Why does health equity matter?
We all have a part to play in advancing health equity. When we recognize that health inequities exist, we can work to address them.
What is HCA doing to advance health equity?
Our goal is to exemplify a culture of health equity. Our vision is that HCA employees embody a culture in which we openly recognize health inequities and are empowered to work together, and with the people we serve, to reduce inequities through fair and equitable distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.
Some of HCA’s current health equity work includes:
- Establishing a health equity, social justice, and strategy manager position. Dr. DoQuyen “Quyen” Huynh joined HCA in April 2021. She plays a crucial role in our agency’s health equity efforts and how we move forward in this work. Read Quyen's story and learn how her childhood experience defined her life’s work.
- Applying an equity lens to all programs and initiatives.
- Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs)
- Department of Health's health equity page
- Executive Order 17-01: reaffirming Washington’s commitment to tolerance, diversity, and inclusiveness
- Statewide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (Office of Financial Management)
- Office of Minority Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- Washington Tracking Network tool for information on health disparities
- "What is health equity?" video from the Health Equity Institute explains how social, economic, and environmental conditions can create health inequities.