What is Health Equity?


The Curtis D. Robinson
Center for Health Equity

140 Woodland Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105

For a variety of reasons, the quality of healthcare is not evenly distributed through our communities.

"Health equity means achieving the same levels of health care quality, health outcomes, and health status among all population groups, regardless of social and demographic characteristics such as race, ethnicity, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, and income."

Connecticut Health Foundation Policy Brief, 2002

"Health disparities are the health differences that exist among specific population groups in the U.S. They are measured in terms of how often people get sick during a period of time (incidence), how often they get sick overall (prevalence), how severe their illness is (morbidity), how often they die (mortality), and how easy it is for them to see the doctor (healthcare access). These differences are linked to social, economic and/or environmental disadvantages that adversely affect groups of people."

National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention