We cannot have quality without equity
Quality means doing the right thing, for the right patient, at the right time, in the right way to achieve the best possible results. Equity ensures each person has the chance to achieve their fullest health potential.
Why is it important?
Health equity is defined by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as the state in which “everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier.” A first step in achieving health equity is to identify where those disparities exist. Only then can we employ new practices to reduce inequities, monitor progress and celebrate advances in better health for all. Health equity is a precursor to individuals being able to exercise their other human rights—civil, political, social and economic.
Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) can influence health equity in positive and negative ways
According to the World Health Organization, SDoH can impact anywhere from 30-55% of a person’s health outcomes.
Healthy People 2030, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Retrieved [date graphic was accessed], from https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/social-determinants-health
Social Determinants of Health
“There’s a strong linkage between health outcomes and the social determinants of health – such as food insecurity, employment, housing, health insurance.”
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