Health Equity Law

Health equity is the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people.1 Health equity can be achieved only by eliminating health disparities—the preventable differences in the health of one group over another as the result of factors such as race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, socioeconomic status, or geographic location. Law is a valuable tool to help achieve health equity. The Public Health Law Program’s (PHLP’s) Health Equity portfolio includes research on antidiscrimination laws, as well as research on public health law’s impact on the social determinants of health.

The resources below provide more information about health equity as it relates to law.

Law and the Social Determinants of Health—Education, Housing, Environment, Economics

Antidiscrimination Law

Other CDC Resources

Other Partners’ Resources


1. US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. The National Plan for Action Draft as of February 17, 2010. Chapter 1: Introduction.

Page last reviewed: March 2, 2017