About Us

CHE logo 2012Established in June 2006, the Center for Health Equity provides a new and hopeful approach to the public's health. Located in historical Hampton House in West Louisville, The Center for Health Equity works to address the root causes of health disparities by supporting projects, policies and research working to change the correlation between health and longevity and socioeconomic status. Further we recognize research that supports the fact that people of color face an additional burden. Solutions lie not in more pills or better genes, but in better social policies.

While drugs, diet, a healthy lifestyle, and medical technologies are important there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care or genes. The social conditions, into which we are born, live and work, profoundly affect our well-being and longevity. As Harvard epidemiologist David Williams points out, investing in our schools, improving housing, integrating neighborhoods, providing better jobs and wages, giving people more control over their work; these are as much health strategies as smoking, diet, and exercise.

MISSION

The Center for Health Equity works to eliminate social and economic barriers to good health, reshape the public health landscape, and serve as a catalyst for collaboration between communities, organizations and government entities through capacity building, policy change and evidenced-based initiatives.

KEY IDEAS

Health Inequalities or disparities are empirically evident differences that exist across different social groups in a society (Peter, 2000). Among all inequalities there exist a subset of disparities that are avoidable and therefore unfair or inequitable.

Health inequities are a subset of health inequalities or disparities involving circumstances that may be controlled by a policy, system, or institution so that the disparity is avoidable. These kinds of health disparities may include health and healthcare disparities. A society must use moral and ethical judgment to determine which inequalities are inequitable.
 
Social Justice is the fair distribution of society’s benefits, responsibilities and their consequences. It focuses on the relative position of one social group in relationship to others in society as well as on the root causes of disparities and what can be done to eliminate them.

LEADERSHIP

The Center for Health Equity is directed by C. Anneta Arno, PhD, MPH. As the Director of the Center for Health Equity, Dr. Arno leads a multidisciplinary paradigm and practice - change effort that focuses on the social determinants of health and the root causes of health inequities to eliminate disparities in the pursuit of strategic systemic solutions grounded in a ‘health-in-all-policy’ perspective. Learn more about Dr. Arno.