Health Equity

diverse group of kids

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” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]). Health inequality is rooted in systematic and/or historical and contemporary public policies, institutional practices, and social norms. Health inequalities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates and severity of injuries and diseases; and access to care (CDC). By working together, public health practitioners and partners can focus on understanding and addressing social determinants of health (i.e., economic and social conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play) to reduce injuries and diseases, promote health, and achieve health equity.