Equality vs Equity: Know the Difference
Health equality means everyone receives the same standard, while health equity means everyone receives individualized care to bring them to the same level of health.
Did You Know? Achieving Health Equity address issues of inequities in areas such as education, employment status, income, and housing. All of these points have an impact on health. These are known as social determinants. Health Equity additionally addresses the unfair and unequal distribution of resources along racial lines and the lack of access to resources. Health Equity eliminates Health Disparities and seeks to provide optimal health for all.
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“The route to achieving equality will not be accomplished through treating everyone equally. It will be achieved by treating everyone justly according to their circumstances.” -Paula Dressel, Race Matters Institute.