Working together for a healthy Philadelphia

A strategic approach to address health inequity in Philadelphia County

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The Challenge

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Our Priorities

Our Health Equity Dashboard identifies critical targets for eliminating health inequities in Philadelphia County. It is intended to raise awareness & inform priority setting & development of interventions which can be scaled to have a sustainable impact.

  • Improve Health Equity
  • Address Racism
  • Advance Health

Defining Health Equity

"Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care."
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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A Conceptual Model:

Factors Affecting Health Inequities

We developed a conceptual model to acknowledge the complex interplay of factors affecting health and health equity.

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Our Approach

  • Commit to community & stakeholder engagement and partnership regarding goals & priorities.
  • Focus on % change in specific measures over time & evaluate progress toward health equity to support and accelerate scaling of the most effective interventions.
  • Use behavioral economics, human centered design & health services research to conduct rigorous pilots.
  • Include mixed methods approaches and community input to track progress over time.
  • Use diverse data sources & local information to inform measurement & reporting.

Steering Committee

Resources For Health Equity Data

For more information about health equity in Philadelphia we recommend the following resources, which we relied on for the construction of our Health Equity Dashboard.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings

Provides summaries of health outcomes and health-related factors (e.g., health behaviors, clinical care, social & economic factors, and physical environment) for counties across the United States.


City Of Philadelphia Community Health Explorer

Provides geographic, ethnographic, longitudinal, and comparative assessments of indicators reflecting health behaviors, health conditions, health care factors, and social and environmental determinants of health.


Philadelphia Neighborhood Health Rankings

Developed by the city of Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative, these rankings provide detailed insights on health outcomes and health-related in Philadelphia at the neighborhood level.