Health equity—the attainment of the highest possible level of health for all people—is a fundamental (though sometimes overlooked) goal of public health. A right to the attainment of optimal health was articulated in the Constitution of the World Health Organization in 1948 and continues to be central to a human rights-based approach to health.
The Health Equity Guide was originally created with the intent to support the Delaware Division of Public Health in the implementation of its health equity strategy. In this way, it is intended as a practical resource for professionals. At the same time, we saw the need for a more politically-aware approach to evidence based practice in public health, and this guide is an attempt to drive public dialogue in the right direction. It provides tools for health equity advocates at different levels of influence to shape healthy public policies and practices
Erin K. Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, CCRS
Gabrielle Ransford, Public Health Associate, Community Health, Delaware Division of Public Health
Paige Gugerty, Undergraduate Public Policy Fellow, CCRS
Erin Dugan, Undergraduate Research Assistant, CCRS
Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA, Director of Community Health, Delaware Division of Public Health
To view or download the complete guide, visit our Recent Publications page. For an interactive version of the guide, or to download individual sections, visit Delaware Health Equity Guide.