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Secretary of Health Convenes First State Interagency Health Equity Team in the Nation

Feb 21, 2017 • by PA Department of Health
Public Health

Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy has convened the inaugural meeting for the Pennsylvania Interagency Health Equity Team, the first state-led effort of its kind in the United States.

“Health equity is achieved when all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives,” Secretary Murphy said. “The Wolf Administration is dedicated to ensuring access to quality health care for every Pennsylvanian, no matter their age, race, religion, background or where they live. This group of dedicated professionals will work together to move that mission forward.”

The Pennsylvania Interagency Health Equity Team is an ensemble of statewide agencies which will address health equity issues through strategic partnerships and idea sharing. The team is modeled after the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team and will meet on a monthly basis to develop their goals and outreach implementation.

The following state agencies are represented on the team:

Department of Human ServicesDepartment of Environmental ProtectionDepartment of Labor and IndustryDepartment of CorrectionsDepartment of Drug and Alcohol ProgramsDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of TransportationDepartment of EducationDepartment of Community and Economic DevelopmentDepartment of AgingDepartment of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity was instrumental in assembling this team. The office works with policymakers, insurers, health care providers and communities to implement policies and programs that result in improved health status for underserved and disparate populations.

To learn more about the commonwealth’s efforts to improve the services and resources available for all Pennsylvanians, go to or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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