The Exchange aims to further the discussion on health equity, and provides a space where community members – and organizations working with them – can highlight their thoughts about health equity, and, more specifically, two main questions: “What does health equity means to you, your family, peers and community?” AND “What are the top 3 priorities to be addressed in your community in order to make progress toward health equity?” “It’
The Health Equity Exchange Campus Kit provides students - from across the United States as well as different disciplines - with an opportunity for campus-community interactions. Brandy Watts, MPH candidate at Long Island University (LIU)-Brooklyn and Spring 2012 Communication and Social Media Intern at HEI, is “thrilled”
About Health Equity
Health disparities continue to undermine opportunities for economic and social development of many communities in the United States. Health disparities are “differences that ought not to be1” they are diseases or health conditions that discriminate, and tend to be more common and/or more severe among vulnerable and underserved groups. Health disparities are linked to diverse factors, including socio-economic conditions; race; ethnicity; culture; social status; friendliness (or lack of) of clinical settings; housing; education; physical and social environment, etc.
Health equity is the ability of every person to have the same chance to stay healthy and/or “to attain his/her full health potential2” at times of disease and crisis – regardless of his/her race, gender, age, economic conditions, social status, environment, and other socially determined factors.
About Health Equity Initiative (HEI)
Health Equity Initiative (HEI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building community, capacity and communication resources for health equity. Health Equity Initiative works to encourage community action and partnerships in support of health equity while building capacity of other organizations and establishing a research-based roadmap toward progress.
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1 Robinson, 2009
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012
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Health Equity Initiative (HEI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community, capacity and communication resources for health equity. Health Equity Initiative works to encourage community action and partnerships in support of health equity while building capacity of other organizations and establishing a research-based roadmap toward progress.
We seek to advance health equity via three key strategies:
Helping other organizations succeed both in the U.S. and globally
Establishing a road map for health equity through research
Engaging and mobilizing communities in the U.S.