What is Health Equity? What is Health Disparity

Rand, WV. 1973, “With Much of its Population Living in Poverty, has Many Unpaved Roads, Substandard Houses, and Junked Automobiles,” photo by Harry Schaefer

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LOC 412-DA-8518

Health equity has been defined in many ways, but always refers to the opportunity for all to be healthy and make healthy choices. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally, and continually striving to address avoidable inequalities, injustices, and the elimination of health disparities.

Health disparities are health differences that are systematic, unfair, and avoidableHealth equity describes the world we want to see, and elimination of health disparities is one way to help us get there.

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