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Office of health equity (OHE)

The Office of Health Equity (OHE) was established, as authorized by Section 131019.5 of the California Health and Safety Code (PDF), to provide a key leadership role to reduce health and mental health disparities to vulnerable communities.

A priority of this groundbreaking office is building of cross-sectoral partnerships. The work of OHE is informed in part, by their advisory committee and stakeholder meetings. The office consults with community-based organizations and local governmental agencies to ensure that community perspectives and input are included in policies and any strategic plans, recommendations, and implementation activities.

Portrait of Promise: The Statewide Plan to Promote Health and Mental Health Equity (PDF)

Portrait of Promise presents background and evidence on the root causes and consequences of health inequities in California. This report explores a broad range of socioeconomic forces that shape the health of entire communities, especially the vulnerable and underserved communities.  Read the full report (PDF).

 OHE News and Hot Topics (PDF)

OHE Units

To carry out our work, the Office of Health Equity is organized into three operational units whose focus is to strengthen the Department of Public Health's ability to advise and assist other state departments, provide data that facilitates action, and engage partners who share our commitment in eliminating inequities in health and mental health across the state. Learn more about these programs below. ​

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