Health equity occurs when all people have the opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance. In order to address health equity, communities must address upstream factors such as income, education, discrimination, housing, transportation, and access to resources. Health outcomes are linked to social, economic, racial/ethnic, and geographic disadvantages. The Utah Health Improvement Index shows that areas with these disadvantages have higher chronic disease and mortality rates.
Visualizing Health Equity:
One Size Does Not Fit All
ACHIEVING HEALTH EQUITY
- Consider health equity in all practices within the organization including funds sought after, recruitment efforts, partnerships, and evaluation.
- Increase knowledge and awareness among community members by disseminating culturally-appropriate materials, resources, findings, and evidence-based research.
- Seek to engage with a diverse group of leaders from organizations that address health equity.
- Seek partnerships and coalitions that work to address health equity.
- Use tools, such as the Health Improvement Index, to identify areas where health disparities exist and prioritize work in those areas.
CDC SDOH Workbook
Change Lab Solutions Long-Range Planning for Health, Equity, and Prosperity
Prevention Institute Toolkit for Park Equity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Visualizing Health Equity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation What is Health Equity
The Community Guide Health Equity
Trust for America’s Health Promoting Health and Cost Control in States
Utah Department of Health Health Improvement Index