Health equity means that community health is addressed holistically, considering the unique needs of every household. Health equity recognizes that communities can only make healthy choices if they have healthy options. A focus on health equity informs all of the social elements of a healthy community, not just health care. By ensuring that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to be healthy, health equity promotes an entire community of health.1San Francisco State University
What It Means
Health Equity is a principle and approach that seeks for every person to have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. Health equity ultimately addresses the unfair and avoidable differences in health, referred to as health inequities, that certain people experience.1The Prevention Institute
Why It Matters
No one should be denied the chance at a healthy life because of certain socio-economic factors or opportunities. Unfortunately, this is the reality for communities across Arizona. Many communities lack the elements that make up a healthy community, whether it is access to care or affordable housing. By addressing these opportunities, or lack there of, we can better address health inequity.
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A public education campaign to inform Californians about the economic and social contributions of undocumented Californians and promote access to affordable, quality health care for everyone.