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    Office of Health Equity

    What is Health Equity?

    Health equity: when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    The Office of Health Equity within the Health Department is dedicated to advancing Health Equity, and we understand that our work plays a vital role in ensuring that all Pima County residents achieve their highest possible level of health. Achieving Health Equity requires intentional understanding and addressing inequities, assessing societal conditions that prevent residents from achieving their highest level of health, and working to unravel historical and contemporary injustices and socioeconomic barriers to health. PCHD actively works to address Race/ Ethnic and Income Inequalities per our directive in Resolution 2020-92,  including but not limited to addressing issues of ability, race, gender, income  and geographic locations; to address social determinants of health, health disparities, and inequalities.

    • Community 
      • We honor participation, leadership, and expertise through education, lived experience, and varying identities to inform us and develop long-term solutions.
    • Evidence Informed and Community Driven
      • Our work is informed by data and rooted in the wisdom and lived experiences of Pima County residents.
      • Our shared learnings will further our efforts to become the healthiest county.
    • Social Justice and Reciprocity: Health Equity 
      • We prioritize Health Equity and believe our futures are bound to the health of Pima County residents and the physical environment. We actively work to recognize the contributions of all involved.
      • We actively increase the capacity for employees, community members, and contractors to treat each other with dignity and respect to foster an inclusive culture regardless of race, residency status, gender identity, political affiliation, ability, and language.


    • Create a shared understanding of what diversity, equity, inclusion and how inequities and unjust systems and structures impact our everyday work 
    • Build staff competency to engage and tackle issues such as unconscious bias, cultural competency, health equity, race, class, and privilege 
    • Ensure that resources, programs, grants are intentionally focused on filtering work through an equitable lens that is rooted in accountability Take action by advocating for public policies, internal systems, and structures that promote health equity 
    • Create an expectation that employees, community members, and contractors treat each other with dignity and respect that foster an inclusive culture regardless of race, residency status, gender identity, political affiliation, ability, and language.
    Social Determinants of Health

    Social Determinants of Health

    Health Equity Lens

    Health Equity Lens

    PCHD SDOH Dashboard

    Pima County Social Determinants of Health Data Dashboard

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    3950 S. Country Club Road
    Ste. 100
    Tucson, AZ 85714

    (520) 724-7770

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