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Health Equity

Health equity exists when individuals have equal opportunities to be healthy. The ability to be healthy is often associated with factors such as social position, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual identity, or disability. When these factors limit a person's ability to be healthy it can lead to health inequity.

Health inequities are caused by the uneven distribution of social determinants of health. Social determinants include education, housing, and the neighborhood environment (e.g., sidewalks, parks), access to transportation, employment opportunities, the law and the justice systems, and health care and public health systems. Social determinants of health affect a person's ability to earn a good living, live and work in a safe and healthy environment, and effectively use available resources including health care resources. Sometimes populations that represent a specific demographic feature (e.g., a particular racial or ethnic group) do not have equal access to quality education, housing, and other resources which can lead to greater sickness, and increased injuries and deaths.

Current Community Guide reviews are focused on interventions to reduce health inequities among racial and ethnic minorities and low-income populations.

Task Force Findings
Insufficient Evidence Completed August 2017
Insufficient Evidence Completed April 2017
Recommended Completed March 2015
Recommended Completed March 2015
Recommended Completed December 2013


Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to improve health equity can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide News

Developed by The Community Guide

Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Early Childhood Education Programs to Improve Health Outcomes

Full-Day Kindergarten Boosts Kids' Health Prospects

New Publication: High School Completion Programs Improve Health

Task Force Recommends Education Programs to Promote Health Equity

Task Force Recommends School-Based Health Centers to Promote Health Equity

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

Rural Community Works Together to Stay "Fun and Fit"

One Pagers

Center-Based Early Childhood Education

Expanded In-School Learning Time

School-Based Health Centers

Year-Round Schooling

What Works – Fact Sheets

Health Equity

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