Public Health

What is Health Equity?

Health equity is the idea that all people should have the same level of access to the same quality of health care services. People who have worse health outcomes than others often face barriers to accessing health services, so improving health equity can mean reducing these barriers. For example, children who live in poorer neighborhoods may have less access to high-quality health care, in part because there are fewer doctors and other health care professionals, as well as fewer grocery stores and other sources of healthy, affordable foods.

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