What is Equity ?


Who is Equity Matters

Equity Matters is primarily focused on promoting health equity through the elimination of the avertable death and disease and through the promotion of health in all policies. The organization is committed to eliminating health inequities by addressing their root causes that are social, political, and economic in nature. We refer to these systemic root causes as social determinants of health (SDOH).

Social conditions are the fundamental determinants of health and disparities, and there is a graded relationship between social position and health status that affects people at all levels of the social hierarchy—and this is both unnatural and preventable. In fact 40-70% of Health Disparities in the US are caused by SDOH driven inequities. This suggests that the principal way to reduce health disparities is to focus research and policy on systematic forces.

Through Equity Matters, we represent the Baltimore Team of the PLACE MATTERSInitiative. PLACE MATTERS is a nationwide, locally centered, Health Equity Movement learning community initiative of the National Collaborative for Health Equity.Equity Matters has evolved out of this PLACE MATTERS work that focuses on developing place-based regional and municipal strategies to promote health equity, rooted in an SDOH framework.

  • 40% – 70% of Health Disparities in the US are caused by SDOH driven inequities. 40%
  • 70%

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In Baltimore, it is abundantly clear that the neighborhood in which you live heavily determines whether you can access these basic needs so PLACE MATTERS. Being able to take advantage of these opportunities, no matter where you live is critical to ensure that everyone has a fair chance at a happy and healthy life — <br>therefore, Equity Matters

Featured Reports

Place Matters for Health in Baltimore: Ensuring opportunities for Good Health for all A report on Health inequities in Baltimore, Maryland

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