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Office of Health Equity

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

The Office of Health Equity is part of the Community Health Division in the Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough County.

We believe that good health should be an option for everyone. Our goal is for all of Hillsborough County to achieve optimal health where we live, learn, work, play, and socialize. Through our programs and services, we strive to assure all of Hillsborough County has access and opportunity to achieve full health potential by making policy, system and environmental changes, conducting assessments and providing education.

What does this look like in Hillsborough County?

Read and share our Health Equity Profile revised July 2021 and watch our video.
Click here for the Health Equity Profile published June 2020.


What is health equity?

Health equity is the opportunity to be as healthy as possible, no matter who people are or where they live. The opportunity to achieve optimal health should be available to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, education level, income, disability or other factors.

What does the Office of Health Equity do?

The Office of Health Equity offers programs to help reduce the differences in health status between groups of people. Often differences in health status are not because of biology, but because of social, economic or environmental conditions like a person’s income level, education level, or the neighborhood where they live.

Why do differences in health matter?

Most differences in health status among groups of people are avoidable. If we ensure the resources people need are available and accessible, it’s easier for all our residents to make choices that lead to better health outcomes.

How does our Health Equity Plan try to address health inequities?

In the spring of 2022, the Office of Health Equity began the process of engaging a multi-sector Health Equity Task Force and Health Equity Coalition for the purpose of developing a Health Equity Plan. The 2022-2027 Health Equity Plan focuses on impacting two health disparities: decreasing Severe Maternal Morbidity rates and increasing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) usage. Members of the Task Force, Coalition and other subject matter experts and stakeholders are now in the process of planning for and implementing projects to support health care quality and access efforts for these health disparities.

The full plan and related documents are listed below. Contact our Minority Health Liaison with any questions at

How does our office try to reduce health inequities?

Our office offers programs, services and policy changes to understand and reduce health disparities if our community through different programs and services. These programs are designed to improve health equity by expanding access to resources and making policy changes. They include:

For more information, contact us at