The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has a rich history of working on social and environmental factors that impact people's health outcomes. In 2006, Boston became the nation's first city to address racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. Furthering its commitment to improving the health of communities of color, BPHC founded the Center for Health Equity and Social Justice in 2008. Since then, the Commission's focus on eliminating racial health inequities has spread far beyond the Center's walls. All bureaus and programs are now working to ensure that social and racial justice values and practices are implemented throughout the Commission's culture.
Health inequities are a persistent public health concern across the nation, requiring shifts in public health practice to address the social, economic, and environmental causes of inequities. These shifts are dependent on the adoption of new strategies to promote health and well-being that are rooted in racial justice and an organizational support system to advance these strategies. At the Boston Public Health Commission, we support and promote the adoption of new strategies and work tirelessly with community partners to promote health equity in our city.