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  Current Programs and Initiatives

 Public Health 3.0
The Department of Health is holding four regional events across the commonwealth to bring together different sectors (e.g. business, education, housing, transportation, etc.) to have a conversation about how we can create conditions that allow all members of our communities to live healthy lives.
Pennsylvania Interagency Health Equity Team (PIHET)
The Pennsylvania Interagency Health Equity Team was initiated in February 2017. This team is a replication of a federal interagency team (FIHET) which includes a representative or representatives from many state agencies that come together to discuss health equity among their particular agency. These state agencies are asked to identify the top three health equity concerns that their agency focuses on and provide data regarding these issues. The interagency meetings are held for collaboration among the different agencies, to bring information to the table, and reach out to other agencies for assistance or guidance in how to monitor these issues. The data is provided to the Department of Health and assists the Health Equity Team in writing the Health Equity report, as well as identifying gaps.
Health Equity Report
The Health Equity Report is a report written by the Department of Health and identifies the social determinants of health, the factors (biological, socioeconomic, psychosocial, behavioral, or social) that contribute to a person’s current state of health. The report provides direction and tools to focus the Department of Health’s programs and activities and better serve unrepresented and vulnerable populations in Pennsylvania. The report will include data from the different state agencies and provide resources to individuals in underserved commonwealth communities.

Health Equity Support Pledge

The Health Equity Support Pledge is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to commit their support to reduce health disparities throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Take the pledge today! Please download the form, insert your organization’s name, sign the form and then email it to

Health Equity Support Pledge (PDF)

Organizations That Have Already Signed the Pledge (PDF)

Health Literacy
For Practioners:
Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco
Tobacco and Health Equity
A Call for Action