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Office of Health Equity

The Office of Health Equity (OHE) works to reduce health disparities so that communities and individuals can achieve their highest level of health.


Our vision is for health equity to be realized in communities throughout the United States.


Our mission is to reduce disparities and improve health equity, especially in vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

Impact areas

  • Health Equity Policy Coordination for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations
  • Internal, External, and Community Partnerships to Improve Health Equity
  • Health Equity Solutions -- Training and Operations

Essential functions

We work with external organizations as well as other HRSA bureaus and offices to improve health equity.

What is health equity?

Health Equity is the absence of disparities or avoidable differences among socioeconomic and demographic groups or geographical areas in health status and health outcomes such as disease, disability, or mortality.

What are the social determinants of health?

Social Determinants of Health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.


Areas of focus

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