“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr. (1966)
Yet grave health inequalities persist, whether neighborhoods only miles apart yet separated by decades in residents’ life expectancies, the vast differences in access to skilled birth attendants in many countries based on whether a woman is rich or poor, or the worse health of marginalized populations, such as indigenous people and people with disabilities, virtually everywhere.
We offer a new approach to reducing these health inequities, an approach that would be comprehensive, aim to empower the people who experience these inequities, and that could help establish a sustained national focus on health equity. This approach is embodied in the concept of health equity programs of action (HEPA), which is what we propose here.
These programs of action would be based on seven principles:
Below you will find a material on HEPA, including several documents providing a more in-depth description of, and several publications on, HEPA and the concept that it emerged from, national health equity strategies. Stay tuned for the full health equity program of action implementation guide, which will be posted in October 2018.
HEPA and national health equity strategy publications
For more information, please contact Eric Friedman (firstname.lastname@example.org).