Health Equity

IDPH aims to incorporate health equity into all department functions, including surveillance, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Health Equity is the attainment of the highest possible level of health for all people. It means achieving the environmental, social, economic and other conditions in which all people have the opportunity to attain their highest possible level of health. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities.

IDPH is working to achieve health equity through:

  • workforce development,
  • data analysis and use,
  • program activities and outreach, and
  • assessment of internal and external policy and procedures.

The Health Equity Program provides IDPH staff members and other stakeholders with technical assistance, and resources including:

Many IDPH programs engage a health equity lens, including key demonstrations of mixed methods assessment and participatory planning. Current demonstration projects are:

For more information about IDPH work related to health equity:


Use the IDPH Contact US system to submit a question to the Health Equity Program.