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Health Equity

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Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.”

Equality does not mean Equity

The Determinants of Health 

Powerful, complex relationships exist between health and biology, genetics, and individual behavior, and between health and health services, socioeconomic status, the physical environment, discrimination, racism, literacy levels, and legislative policies. These factors, which influence an individual’s or population’s health, are known as determinants of health.

For all Americans, other influences on health include the availability of and access to:

  • High-quality education
  • Nutritious food
  • Decent and safe housing
  • Affordable, reliable public transportation
  • Culturally sensitive healthcare providers
  • Health insurance
  • Clean water and non-polluted air

Throughout the next decade, FDOH-Escambia will assess health disparities in our population by tracking rates of illness, death, chronic conditions, behaviors, and other types of outcomes in relation to demographic factors including:

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexual identity and orientation
  • Disability status or special health care needs
  • Geographic location (rural and urban)

Additional Resources 

The Determinants of Health - Dr. John Lanza (ppt; 21.7 MB)

Toxic Stress ACEs - Dr. John Lanza (ppt; 23.9 MB)

Health Equity - V.. Turner (ppt: 5.82 MB)