Life shouted at me
What is Health equity?
Health equity means ensuring that every person has the opportunity to achieve their best health.
Health equity means ensuring that everyone has the chance to be as healthy as possible. However, factors outside of a person’s control, such as discrimination and lack of resources, can prevent them from achieving their best health. Working toward health equity is a way to correct or challenge these factors.
Unfortunately, many social and environmental factors can limit a person’s access to and continued use of good health practices and healthcare.
Obstacles to Health equity?
Examples of these obstacles include trusted Source:
- racial and ethnic discrimination
- lack of access to quality education
- income and wealth gaps
- inadequate housing or lack of housing
- unsafe environments
By reducing, challenging, or overcoming these obstacles, people can achieve health equity. However, this is rarely something that a person can do for themselves. Instead, it requires adaptive changes from community and healthcare organizations and governments.