Commission on Health Equity

Washington, DC
Health and Human Services

Total public members:                   17 (9 voting members and 8 nonvoting advisory members)

Total mayoral appointees:             9



Method of Appointment:                6 voting members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council

Length of Appointment:                 3 years

Residency:                                      DC residency required (preference for representation from all 8 wards)

Paid board:                                     No (all roles are voluntary)



Method of Appointment:                3 members appointed by the Mayor

Length of Appointment:                 1 year

Residency:                                      Strong preference for DC residents

Paid board:                                      No (all roles are voluntary)



The Commission on Health Equity shall prepare, through the Department of Health's Office on Health Equity, comprehensive recommendations to the Department of Health, the Council, and the Mayor that examine and address health inequities across the District and differing opportunities for healthcare by demographic subpopulations and geographic areas, including in each election ward of the District.


Commission Membership:

The Commission has 17 members, which includes 9 voting members and 8 nonvoting advisory members.

  • 9 Voting Members
    • 6 shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, in accordance with § 1-523.01(f).
    • 3 voting members shall be appointed by the Council.
  • 8 Nonvoting Advisory Members
    • 3 appointed by the Mayor
      • The presidents or chief executive officers of 2 District hospitals who have access to health outcomes databases, or their designees.
      • A representative from an insurance company who has access to health outcomes databases
    • 4 Council appointees
      • The Chairperson of the Council committee with jurisdiction over the Department of Health, who shall serve as an ex-officio member;
      • 3 community advisory members, one each from Wards 5, 7, and 8, appointed by the Council;
    • 1 appointed by the voting members of the Commission
      • Patient organization representative (an individual who works for a national or local healthcare or health promotion organization)


Qualifications for Appointment:

  • Each voting member shall have expertise in at least one of the following areas:
    • Health equity, social determinants, and health disparities;
    • Social and human services and vulnerable populations;
    • Early learning and education;
    • Minority communities and population health outcomes and improvement;
    • Economic and community development; or
    • Ecology and the natural and built environment.








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