Lane County Public Health and the Prevention Program believe that Health Equity is an important issue that we should focus on. We believe that health equity must be considered in all health issues and must span from preconception to the end of life.
What is Health Equity and how do we get there?
Achieving health equity requires structural, social and political changes to create equal conditions that promote health for all people, especially populations that have experienced historical injustices or face socioeconomic disadvantages.
How do Health Inequities Affect Health Outcomes for People?
There are many causes for the adverse health outcomes that are experienced in some communities. Populations experiencing health disparities may be:
- Less likely to live in neighborhoods with easy access to fresh produce
- Less likely to be tobacco-free
- Less likely to have health insurance
- Less likely to receive the appropriate care when seeing a health care provider
Health outcomes are also strongly influenced by factors that are not always seen as related to health. These factors include:
- Economic development
- Educational opportunities.
It is important that we address equity in all the areas that affect a person’s health. And, it should be recognized that health affects a person’s ability to succeed in other areas. For example, a healthy youth is more likely to do well academically, and a healthy adult can be a more productive worker.