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Center for Health Equity

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity works to ensure that every New Yorker, regardless of where they live, has the opportunity to lead their healthiest lives.

We confront long-standing forms of oppression, such as racism, and invest in the neighborhoods that have faced historical injustices.

Our work relies on our partnerships with:

  • Residents
  • Community advocates
  • Community-based organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Clinical organizations
  • Hospital systems
  • Businesses
  • Schools
  • Other City agencies

You can learn about our specific services and programs by visiting one of our Neighborhood Health Action Centers.

For more information about the Center for Health Equity, email nychealthequity@health.nyc.gov

Defining Health Equity

Health equity means making sure there are conditions for optimal health and well-being for all people. A person’s health (or overall quality of life) should not depend on their income level, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or geography.

Advancing Social Justice

We cannot achieve health equity if we do not undo racism and other injustices for New Yorkers. We must value all New Yorkers the same, recognize and address historical and current injustices, and provide resources to meet community and individual needs.

As part of this effort, the Health Department’s internal reform effort, Race to Justice, strives to make our Agency a model for the city.

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