The Office of Health Equity of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has just released a new report on health disparities in Colorado. The 2013 Health Disparities Report differs from past years’ health disparities reports (which you can find at our library) because it ties in with the Colorado’s 10 Winnable Battles program. From the report’s executive summary:
THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT (CDPHE) HAS IDENTIFIED 10 WINNABLE BATTLES — PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES WITH LARGE-SCALE IMPACTS ON HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT, AND WITH KNOWN, EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS THEM. CDPHE is implementing a plan to achieve gains in these ten areas quickly. The Colorado 2013 Health Disparities Report provides baseline data and case studies on how various groups that traditionally have experienced social or economic obstacles to health are faring in the 10 areas identified as winnable battles. The purpose of the report is to identify strengths and disparities among groups and to inform efforts to achieve better health for all Coloradans, so that gains may be enjoyed equally.