Welcome to the Office of Health Equity
The Office of Health Equity (OHE) was formally integrated
into the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) through an executive order
signed in May 2007. Located within the
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Deputate, the OHE Director reports to
the Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Loren
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “health is
a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity.” Health
is a fundamental human right and an essential component of economic development,
vital to a nation's economic growth and internal stability.” As the sixth largest state in America,
Pennsylvania is integral to the success of the nation. There is an economic and
moral imperative to do all we can to improve the lives of all Commonwealth
residents, whether they live in poor rural or urban communities.
The role of the OHE
1. Provide leadership to increase public awareness of health
disparities in Pennsylvania.
2. Advocate for the development of programs to address
3. Work with policy makers, insurers, health care providers
and communities to implement policies and programs that result in a measurable
and sustained improvement in health status of underserved and disparate
4. Collaborate with state agencies, academic institutions,
community based organizations, health partners, providers and others in the
public and private sectors to eliminate health disparities in Pennsylvania.
Please contact David Saunders, Director of the Office of
Health Equity at 717-547-3315 or firstname.lastname@example.org .