Health Equity

“Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.”

Equality vs. Equity

Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. 

Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

Health equity requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

Social Determinants of Health

Your health is determined in great part by social factors such as where you were born, as well as where you now live, learn, work, play and worship. These factors are called social determinants of health.

Education Access and Quality.

Goal: Increase educational opportunities and help children and adolescents do well in school.

Health Care and Quality.

Goal: Access to health insurance to comprehensive, high quality healthcare services.

Neighborhood and Built Environment.

Goal: Create environments that promote health and safety.

Social and Community Context.

Goal: Increase social and community support.

Economic Stability.

Goal: Help people earn steady incomes that allow them to meet their health needs. 

Staff

Health Equity Coordinator

Rachel Jennings / rjennings@nd.gov

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