Advancing Equity in Chronic Disease (AECD)
The Advancing Equity in Chronic Disease (AECD) program is housed within the Chronic Disease Control Branch (CDCB) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and utilizes a health equity lens to inform the implementation of program activities in chronic disease to transform the systems, structures, and policies that create disparities in health status and drive the gaps in death rates and life expectancy among California’s vulnerable and underserved populations which include, but are not limited to, diverse racial and/or ethnic groups, individuals with low socioeconomic status, individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated, individuals with disabilities, individuals with mental health conditions, youth, older adults, women, immigrants and refugees, individuals with limited English proficiency, and LGBTQ+ communities. In consultation with community partners, the CDCB’s evidence-based programs (i.e., Alzheimer’s Disease Program, Diabetes Prevention, Cardiovascular Disease/Stroke Prevention) seek to identify and utilize strategic approaches that focus on encouraging healthy behavior to prevent disease, reduce morbidity, and to positively influence the quality of life for Californians. The CDCB’s work is driven by addressing capacity building, examining the influence that Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) have on health equity, and building strategic partnerships that are aimed at improving health outcomes and ensuring that all Californians have the resources and opportunities needed for optimal health and well-being throughout their lifespan. In addition to expanding collaboration with community agencies, the CDCB will identify the burdens associated with chronic diseases and expand upon existing health equity efforts by implementing the following objectives:
The CDCB researches the impact that chronic disease has on individuals with comorbidities and collaborates with partners on health equity approaches.
Addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
The CDCB addresses the impact that social determinants of health (i.e., economic status, educational disparities, mental health status) has on individuals with chronic disease to enhance branch capacity to advance health equity.
Utilizing evaluation data
The CDCB utilizes evaluation data to support implementing innovative chronic disease prevention and management strategies and inform public health equity interventions.
Examining lessons learned
The CDCB assesses lessons learned by local organizations and determines how to leverage resources to connect with priority populations disproportionately impacted by chronic disease and implement health equity best practices.
Addressing existing barriers
The CDCB addresses existing barriers impacting access to care (i.e., chronic disease messaging, educational tools, gaps in services, healthcare deserts, distrust between communities and local healthcare providers).
Identifying appropriate funding
The CDCB identifies appropriate funding opportunities that will support
prevention and risk reduction associated with chronic disease and increase
community engagement and empowerment.