What is health equity? Achieving health equity is important! According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “we are seeing across the nation that gaps in health are large, persistent, and increase—many of them are caused by barriers set up at all levels of our society. After all, it’s hard to be healthy without access to good jobs and schools and safe, affordable homes. Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.” Achieving health equity in Okaloosa County requires us to value everyone and eliminate disparities.
We cannot take a “one-size-fits-all” approach and should instead look at individual needs. The graphic above represents this importance. A person who uses a wheelchair likely needs a ramp, not a step-stool. By addressing individual needs, everyone is able to reach an orange in the tree.
Please contact us to learn more about health equity efforts in Okaloosa County.