HEALTH EQUITY
IN THE COMMUNITY

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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National Resources: The Big Picture

Look here for statistics, analysis strategies, resources and best practices from across the country.

  • Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity

  • American Public Health Association

  • Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Health Equity

  • Health Equity Institute for Research, Practice, and Policy

  • National Council of La Raza – Health

  • Policy Link – Center for Health Equity and Place

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Arizona Resources: Local Spotlight

Looking to start, or engage in a conversation about Health Equity and how you can contribute? Here are connectors, conveners, advocates and actors to bring to the table.

  • Arizona Department of Health Services – Health Disparities Center

  • Asian Pacific Community in Action

  • Mountain Park Health Center

  • Native Health


#THISISHAPPENINGHERE:

KEY PROJECTS

Connect with Health Equity efforts-in-progress, and the partners who are helping to make them happen:

Arizona Health Equity Conference Collaborative: An annual conference that brings partners in Health Equity together.

#THISNEEDSTOHAPPENHERE:

Signature Projects

Get a bird’s eye view of efforts from around the country that can be an inspiration and reference point for Arizona-based work:

#Health4All: 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.

Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative: A coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area’s eleven public health departments committed to advancing health equity.

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