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)