The Rhode Island Department of Health says “health equity means everyone has an equal opportunity to take advantage of resources that will help them live a long, healthy life. It focuses on differences in population health that are related to unequal economic and social conditions in specific locations. These conditions are both systemic and changeable.”
This graphic, developed for the Delaware Division of Public Health by Worldways Social Marketing, illustrates how social factors are at the root of health.
Achieving health equity requires creating equal opportunities for health by eliminating health disparities, assuring healthy childhood development, preventing and controlling disease and disability, and working to make the environment healthy. Working toward health equity means reducing differences in health outcomes between different groups in a population.