19 April 2023

MHE endorsed Joint Statement developed by members and supporters of the DisQo Thematic Network

MHE has signed the joint statement developed by members and supporters of the Thematic Network ‘DisQo – anti-discrimination & health equity.



Despite the increasing evidence showing that structural, institutional, and interpersonal racism and discrimination impact both physical and mental health inequities in multiple ways, the issue has gained too little attention in the public health domain thus far.


The signatories to the Joint Statement, working across sectors, commit to taking an active stance against all forms of racism and discrimination and call for decision-makers at all levels, including the European Commission, to follow suit.


Together, we have identified five key priorities for addressing the issue in a constructive, respectful, and participatory way:


  1. Recognise racism and discrimination as fundamental determinants of health, equity and well-being
  2. Strengthen social participation of racialised and discriminated communities, and foster diversity, representation and anti-discrimination
  3. Increase clarity and consistency of key definitions related to racism, discrimination and health equity
  4. Collect more (health) equality data, disaggregated by indicators on multiple grounds of discrimination, and harmonise EU data collection
  5. Strengthen existing EU anti-discrimination legislation by breaking down silos and boosting policy mainstreaming, transparency, reparative justice and social participation


This Joint Statement has been developed by people working for organisations that are members or supporters of the Thematic Network ‘DisQo – anti-discrimination & health equity’.*


Read the Joint Statement here.


Additional endorsement can be submitted until 17 May 2023. Endorsements, questions or suggestions can be addressed to Raymond Gemen (Raymond.gemen@epha.org).


* Thematic Networks are temporary networks of stakeholder organisations created in the EU Health Policy Platform, which is hosted by the European Commission, DG SANTE.

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