This editorial discusses efforts to eliminate health disparities in the United States. Social determinants such as education, location and income have a profound effect on health outcomes. The author introduces a new organization charged with developing a national strategy to eliminate health disparities.
Healthy People 2020 established the goal of eliminating health disparities in the United States. In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. The Council is required to develop a national health strategy and recommend changes to federal policy to achieve the highest possible health outcomes.
Efforts to eliminate health disparities will require new analytic tools to better understand the social determinants of health and the impact of potential policy changes. The National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council brings together multiple governmental organizations to help create better communities and better health.