Health Equity

Health Equity

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 inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment (CDC, 2017).

Learn more: Unnatural Causes... is inequality making us sick?

How WCHD addresses health equity:

Within the equity framework WCHD would like to:

  • Strengthen the health equity capacity of our workforce
  • Establish department-wide policy and procedures to ensure our work and services have a health equity lens
  • Engage partners, stakeholders and the community to address root causes of disparities improving equity across the lifespan
  • Create measurements, tools and systems to monitor equity in Winnebago County
  • Lead equity initiatives among partners and residents

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