Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
This requires the removal of obstacles to health, such as poverty, discrimination, and power imbalances, and improved access to the social determinants of health, which are things like good jobs with fair pay, quality education, quality and affordable housing, safe environments, and healthcare.
Adopted and adapted from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation definition.
Featured Resources: COVID-19 and Health Equity
- Health Equity Initiative – has compiled a list of resources that points to the importance of making sure that health equity stays on the table during an outbreak response, and that our collective work aims to protect vulnerable and marginalized communities from COVID-19
- Robert Wood Johnson – Resources – Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)
Using data to understand inequities and disparities helps us better understand what action can be taken to reduce or eliminate those inequities and disparities. To learn about data exploration visit our data exploration page.
Language access is the practice of ensuring that individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) or a disability that affects their language access can communicate effectively to participate in programs and receive services.