FY 20 Budget Equity Assessment

image description: cover page of the budget equity assessment conducted by the Center for Health Equity for fiscal year 2020

 

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At the request of Metro Council and the Mayor’s Office, CHE completed a high-level review of the FY20 budget reductions, community engagement priorities, and made recommendations to guide future budget decisions for Metro Council and Louisville Metro Government.

To achieve health equity means creating the conditions in Louisville where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy and reach their full human potential.

Policy and budgeting decisions have the greatest impact on our ability to achieve health equity because the choices people make are shaped by the choices people have. Public, private, and nonprofit decisions determine the choices our residents have – healthy or unhealthy.

CHE considers this assessment an important opportunity to prioritize a health equity analysis because government services and budget have a direct impact on community health. The goal of the assessment is to create more opportunities to align policy and budget decisions towards equity within local control.

It is our hope this assessment will introduce and guide further discussion for short and long-term shifts of decision makers in Louisville Metro Government and Metro Council towards a budget that advances health equity, in FY21 and beyond.