Health disparities cost us all – in poor health outcomes and in overall economics.
Organizations from the six community sites selected for EHF’s Texas Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (TACHI) met in Houston for an important convening to learn evidence-informed strategies for putting health equity strategies to use.
What is health equity? EHF uses this definition from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: “Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”
“It’s so important for your community-based efforts to have health equity baked into everything you do,” says Nadia Siddiqui, MPH, former Chief Equity Officer at Texas Health Institute and a key partner in the TACHI project.
From learning more about business case for health equity to developing an action plan for their community, the TACHI sites in Austin, Bastrop County, Brazos Valley, Houston’s Greater Northside, Longview, and Williamson County are positioning their efforts to advance community-led, financially-sustainable strategies to improve #HealthNotJustHealthCare in their neighborhoods.