Public Health Week 2018: Ensuring The Right To Health
What Is Health Equity and How Can We Achieve It?
Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people.” Health equity means effort to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. This may seem like a great idea, but how do we attain it?
According to the CDC, health disparities or inequities are types of unfair health differences closely linked with social or environmental disadvantages that adversely affect groups of people. In other words, someone’s health care is affected because of their socioeconomic status, of the color of their skin, their literacy level, physical environment, or legislative policies.
Influences on health include:
- High-quality education
- Nutritious food
- Safe housing
- Public transportation
- Health care providers
- Health insurance
- Clean water and non-polluted air
It has been our goal as a nation to reduce and eliminate health disparities for more than 20 years. John F. Kennedy once said, “For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation”. Let’s help make this a reality for all people.