What is Equity ?

THE WORD EQUITY MAY BE DEFINED AS A STATE IN WHICH ALL PEOPLE,REGARDLESS OF THEIR SOCIAL POSITION OR GROUPING, HAVE THE SAME ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIESNECESSARY FOR HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIVES.

Who is Equity Matters

Equity Matters is primarily focused on promoting equity through comprehensive efforts, including the promotion of Equity in All Policies, aimed at the elimination of avertable death and disease. The organization is committed to eliminating health inequities by addressing their root causes that are social, political, and economic in nature.

What is Equity ?

The word Equity may be defined as a state in which all people, regardless of their social position or grouping, have the same access the the resources and opportunities necessary for healthy and happy lives.

Why Equity Matters

Where you live influences how long and how healthy you live, and consequently, place matters. Your socioeconomic standing and access to opportunities within your community are predictors of your health, consequently equity matters.

What Drives Our Agenda

More than any other factor, where you live determines how long and how healthily you live, and consequently, PLACE MATTERS. In fact, your socioeconomic standing and access to oppourtunities within your community are indicators of your health, consequently EQUITY MATTERS.

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 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute. 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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