Health Equity Solutions (HES)

| December 20 2022

Our Vision: For every Connecticut resident to attain optimal health regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. 

Our Mission: To promote policies, programs, and practices that result in equitable health care access, delivery, and outcomes for all people in Connecticut 

The events of the past two years raised the visibility of racial inequities and catalyzed change. Now we must build on those early steps to move Connecticut further along the path to health equity.

In 2022 Health Equity Solutions’ 2022 Policy Agenda priorities are:

  1. Address barriers to health and community participation;
  2. Advocate for health care access and affordability; and
  3. Dismantle structural racism. 

These priorities were informed by our 2021 Listening Sessions and will shape the organization’s policy work in the year ahead.

HES has advocated for improved race, ethnicity, and language data collection since 2017 and successfully advocated for the release of state-level COVID-19 case and death data disaggregated by race and ethnicity in spring of 2020. In 2021, we also successfully advocated for legislation to create uniform standards for data collected by state agencies and included in the statewide health information exchange. In the meantime, we consistently look for sources of REL data that focus on disproportionality rather than solely on disparities so that we can work with our grassroots partners to identify data related to their health policy priorities and evaluate the success of interventions to address disparities over time. The goals and interstate comparison capabilities of the HOPE tool will be useful in advocacy work to show that progress is possible and can be benchmarked in this way.