Understanding Health Equity

Health equity means that individuals have a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible and receive high quality care that is appropriate to them and their needs no matter where they live, what they have or who they are.

Equality versus equity

  • Equality refers to the division of resources into equal parts so that all individuals get the same amount of resources and services
  • Equity involves equipping individuals with the resources and services they need

A health equity approach acknowledges that health isn't reflected equally throughout society. This means that we need to recognize that some people may need more or different services than others to reach optimal health.

Applying health equity strategies in Niagara means reducing poverty and allowing everyone to have the same access to health care, education, a safe home environment and nutritious food to eat.

Did You Know?

25 per cent of the reason why you're sick is because of your access to quality health care.

Did You Know?

Around 75 per cent of your health is due to other factors in your life, including your gender, race, employment conditions, the quality of the air you breathe, or how much green space there is in your neighbourhood.

Why we should strive for health equity in Niagara

  • Health equity promotes successful communities - a community is stronger when all have a just opportunity at health
  • Communities work together and are empowered to be the change
  • Fosters multi-sector collaboration amongst community members and services

By working together as a community, we can encourage change, reduce barriers, and improve overall access to services so that outcomes are fair to all.

Health equity

  • Removes barriers and obstacles to achieving health
  • Improves access to health and services
  • Supports people where and when it's needed in their life
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