Health Equity

Betsy Richey, Iowa Department of Public Health

Session Description
Health equity is the idea that all people have the opportunity to achieve positive health outcomes. Inequities are social, economic and environmentally driven factors that adversely affect groups of people. Equity is foundational to the work of public health to ensure broad population health outcomes, in the context of policy, systems, and environment, and the lived experience of the populations we serve. This presentation will provide an overview of health equity concepts, and how they apply to the work of public health. It will also discuss concrete strategies to incorporate a health equity lens into our work, including how to use data, funding, and contracts to explore and dismantle inequities. Finally, this presentation will discuss how to use health equity principles when working directly with clients.


  1. Describe basic health equity concepts.
  2. Identify ways that health equity may be incorporated into contracts and other public health activities.
  3. Use health equity principles to evaluate clients’ perspectives.

Continuing Education
Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.25 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session within each day to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.

Approved by the Iowa Board of Certification for 1 hour – Generic.