Category Archives: Health Equity

Dental Equity-Focused Coalition Launched

Ohioans for Dental Equity has announced the launch of a coalition made up of dozens of community based and statewide advocacy organizations, including the Ohio Public Health Association. The coalition will work to shine a light on the disparities and inequities related to oral health.

At a press conference announcing the coalition, participants noted that oral health is a gateway to the rest of the body’s health and that it has been overlooked for far too long, disproportionately harming racial minorities, children of low-income families, and people living in rural communities, among other at-risk groups.

Members of the coalition also include the statewide groups such as Ohio Headstart Association, Coalition On Housing and Homelessness in Ohio, Ohio Foodbank Association, Health Partners of Western Ohio and local service providers like Health Partners of Western Ohio (Lima) Shawnee Mental Health (Portsmouth), Washington-Morgan Community Action Program (Marietta) and Clintonville Resource Center (Columbus) as well as leaders in the dental health field.

Health & Equity in All Policies a Focus of OPHA’s Work

Since 2015, OPHA has adopted Health and Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) as an organizational value and formed a HEiAP Committee to address poor health outcomes and social inequities in Ohio. Progress toward introducing legislation for HEiAP in Senate Bill 302 ended with the close of the 132nd General Assembly, but OPHA is currently working to define its next steps.  The progress of the HEiAP Committee over the last four years can be seen here in a summary.  

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President’s Message: Support HEiAP Legislation

I’m writing to raise awareness of the Ohio Public Health Association’s Health and Equity in All Policies Legislative Initiative.

Senate Bill 302 (Tavares), the Health and Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) Initiative, seeks to create a standardized, systematic review process for determining potential impact of proposed legislation on the health of Ohioans. The bill calls for a health and equity impact analysis at the early stages of policy development and is meant to inform Ohio lawmakers of any potential negative health and equity consequences.

The analysis would additionally help lawmakers identify those populations most susceptible to unfavorable health outcomes from any proposed legislation. Further, the review would allow legislators to consider how proposed bills would impact the population’s health through other health influences such as water and air quality, access to public transportation, social services, food security, education and good jobs.

We sincerely believe this legislation could be one of the most important public health policies to have been considered in Ohio in many years. And, if enacted, this legislation could be a significant factor in turning around both our poor health rankings and the inequities that exist among our fellow citizens. We will be reaching out to you for advocacy efforts on this initiative. In the meantime, for more information, please see the following link: https://ohiopha.org/about-opha/sections-and-subjects/heiap/ and please reach out to me if you would like to become more actively involved in this initiative.

Thanks for your continued efforts in public health!

Natalie DiPietro Mager
OPHA President
n-dipietro@onu.edu

OPHA Receives First Draft of Proposed HEiAP Legislation

The office of State Senator Charleta Tavares recently provided OPHA with an initial draft of its Health and Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) legislative language. The draft bill is a major step in OPHA’s efforts to serve as a catalyst for change in improving the health outcomes of all Ohioans. Continue reading OPHA Receives First Draft of Proposed HEiAP Legislation

Report Details New Way to Talk About Social Determinants

It has long been understood in public health circles that  where we live, work, learn and play impacts our health. Translating those social determinants of health into language that can be effective to workers as well as policy makers is the topic of a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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