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DBH 9022: Health Equity

Welcome to DBH 9022 Health Equity Course Guide

Definition of Terms

Equity - Inequity - Disparity:  What's the Difference?

  • Health Equity: Attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Health Equity means efforts to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.  Learn more from the Health Equity Framework

The concepts of health equity and health disparity are inseparable in their practical implementation. Policies and practices aimed at promoting the goal of health equity will not immediately eliminate all health disparities, but they will provide a foundation for moving closer to that goal.

Summarized from Healthy People 2020  

Social and economic factors that must be addressed to achieve health equity.

The social and economic factors to be addressed include housing, educational opportunities, quality affordable healthcare, neighborhood conditions, environmental quality, stable income & job security, food security and access to healthy food, and discrimination/minority stressors.

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