Kalamaoo County

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Health Equity means that everyone has a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life. An individual or population's race, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation, level of ability, neighborhood or other social condition should not compromise or dis-advantage their health experiences and outcomes.

Achieving health equity requires creating fair opportunities for health and eliminating gaps in health outcomes between different social groups. It also requires that public health professionals look for solutions outside of the health care system, such as in transportation, access to good food or housing sectors, to improve the opportunities for health in all communities.

The Social Determinants of Our Health: Where we live, learn, work, worship and play have a tremendous impact on our health. Social factors such as housing, education, income and employment greatly influence the health and quality of life in neighborhoods and communities. These social factors, generally referred to as the social determinants of health, determine whether or not individuals have parks and playgrounds to exercise, supermarkets to buy fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables, job opportunities to support their families and other resources that allow them to be healthy.

Looking at your community through the Social Determinants of Health:
Is there safe housing? Are there job opportunities? Are you exposed to hazards and unsafe places to play? Do you have access to healthy foods?

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services is committed to providing equitable, culturally competent care to all individuals served, regardless of race, age, sex, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

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