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Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities


The Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities (Council) is creating this Equity Language Guide to provide guidance and standard definitions for state agencies to assist with talking about issues related to equity in general and racial equity in particular. This guidance is not comprehensive. Due to capacity limitations, this version of the Equity Language Guide has a limited focus on terms that are standardly used in state government. It also includes a select list of terms that should be avoided, which too, is not exhaustive. The Council intends to review the glossary annually and to update it to reflect the most current language and definitions and to continue to add further guidance to agencies. Future versions of this guidance will include a more comprehensive list of terms and additional guidance for agencies. We welcome feedback—please send questions, comments, suggestions, edits, and additional resources to Christy Hoff at


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