Health Equity in Injury and Violence Prevention

Key points

  • The CDC Injury Center prioritizes health equity as a fundamental part of our injury and violence prevention work.
  • Our focus is on building and sharing evidence that achieves health equity, while cultivating and strengthening partnerships to advance health equity.
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What is health equity?

Health equity is the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health.

Achieving health equity requires societal efforts to address historical and contemporary injustices, obstacles to health and healthcare, and preventable health disparities.

Injury Center health equity goals

Goal 1
Establish and strengthen internal mechanisms for implementing and evaluating how health equity is incorporated into Injury Center work
Goal 2
Prioritize health equity as part of Injury Center funding opportunities
Goal 3
Build and disseminate a broader evidence-base to advance health equity
Goal 4
Cultivate and strengthen reciprocal partnerships to achieve health equity

Health equity in Injury Center work


  • CDC’s CORE Health Equity Science and Intervention Strategy
    • CDC's CORE Health Equity Science and Intervention Strategy is designed to work in collaboration and lock step with multi-sectoral partners to transform our work at its very core and strengthen our ability to keep our nation safe and healthy – today and in the future.
  • Health Equity Communication Resources
    • CDC's Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication emphasizes the importance of addressing all people inclusively and respectfully. These principles are intended to help public health professionals, particularly health communicators, within and outside of CDC ensure their communication products and strategies adapt to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental, and historical situation of each population or audience of focus.
  • Global Public Health Equity Guiding Principles for Communication
  • CDC Office of Health Equity
    • The CDC Office of Health Equity advances health equity and women's health issues across the nation through CDC's science and programs. The Office of Health Equity also increases CDC's capacity to leverage its diverse workforce and engage stakeholders to this end.