When it comes to reporting data on health disparities, information can easily be misinterpreted and create unintended consequences like perpetuating negative stereotypes and victim-blaming. To avoid this, the Office of Health Equity developed the following statement on structural inequity that reflects the department's commitment to racial justice. We encourage all department programs to incorporate this statement into their reports on health disparities.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment acknowledges that long-standing systemic racism, including economic and environmental injustice, has created conditions that negatively affect marginalized communities, particularly people of color. These conditions, which limit opportunities for optimal health and influence individual behaviors, are critical predictors of health outcomes. To realize a future where all Coloradans can thrive, we must be leaders in undoing policies and practices that have contributed to these inequities.