About health equity

What is health equity?

“Health equity means that all people can reach their full health potential and should not be disadvantaged from attaining it because of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, social class, socioeconomic status or other socially determined circumstance.” (National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, 2013)

Differences in health that exist between groups of people that are systematic, socially produced and unfair or unjust are defined as health inequities.

For example, the rate of obesity in Sudbury’s most disadvantaged areas is twice as high than in Sudbury’s most advantaged areas. This is a health inequity. No one in our community needs to be at risk of poor health solely due to the social and economic environments they live in.

To learn more about health equity and what impacts our health, watch this short video: Let’s start a conversation about health . . . and not talk about health care at all.

This item was last modified on June 12, 2015