Equity Pursuits

Equity is when everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and wellbeing (Braveman et al., 2017). Effective change efforts address barriers to health equity and put conditions in place to ensure diverse community residents have equitable experiences, benefits, and health possibilities – from birth to the end of life (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2014). 

Equity Pursuits involves putting the following elements in place over time (Foster-Fishman et al., 2018):
Four arrows reading Local Inequities prioritized for change, structural changes pursued, partner organizations create culture for equity, and public support for equityWhy is this important? We can no longer afford to ignore the growing disparities in health outcomes across different groups of people in our communities (RWJF, 2016). If disparities and their system root causes are not uncovered, understood, and addressed directly, strategies used to improve population health outcomes can inadvertently lead to greater inequities and undermine targeted goals (Solar & Irwin, 2010).
Image of a diverse group of people