According to the CDC, health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his or her full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Health disparities or inequities closely linked with social, economic or environmental disadvantages that adversely affect groups of people. Through environmental surveillance, we now know that health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. Our health is determined in part and linked very closely to social and economic opportunities; the resources and systems available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our education; the safety and promotion of health in our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. The conditions in which we live explain the status of our medical footprint.
Unfortunately, our geographic location in this country in part seeks to answer why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans are generally not as healthy as they could be given the amount of resources available.
Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters