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STD Control Branch Racial and Health Equity Initiatives and Resources

The mission of the CDPH Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Control Branch is to reduce the transmission and impact of STDs and viral hepatitis in California, particularly for those communities disproportionately affected by these infections. Centering racial health equity within our work is paramount to our mission.

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In 2020, the STD Control Branch established a Racial and Health Equity Workgroup. This group works to achieve racial and health equity for all Californians by eliminating systemic barriers that lead to disproportionate burdens of STDs and viral hepatitis among Black/African American, Indigenous, Latinx and other communities of color. We do this by engaging leadership and all staff, to embrace and advance racial and health equity by eliminating institutional barriers within the STD Control Branch and in the communities we serve. We also do this by creating a workplace environment that is diverse and where everyone feels included, respected, and valued. We hold ourselves accountable by directing funding, resources, and tools to change existing norms by constantly evaluating our impacts and adjusting as needed to advance racial and health equity.

This webpage shares tools and resources our Workgroup uses to integrate racial health equity into our work.

Operationalizing Racial and Health Equity

Data and Communications

Professional Development

Other Resources

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