Health Equity Day

About Health Equity Day:
 Health Equity Day, to be celebrated on April 5, is an inclusive initiative recognizing and reflecting on the need to achieve health equity in the United States. Health Equity Day is intended to raise awareness about health disparities in the US and the role that social determinants of health play in health disparities, with the goal of achieving health equity. After all, an inclusive health and social system that treats people equitably and creates conditions in which all people can achieve optimal health reflects an educated society and a strong economy. 

Taking place during National Minority Health Month, Health Equity Day is intended to raise awareness about the health needs of African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Asians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, people with disabilities, residents of rural areas and other vulnerable groups, with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local communities to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illnesses through prevention, early detection and control of disease complications. 

Health Disparities: By the Numbers 
  • The US spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation, yet millions of Americans lack the opportunity to lead a healthy life, with the sharpest differences in health experienced by racial, ethnic and other underserved communities. 
  • Racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, residents of rural areas and other vulnerable groups are more likely to suffer from disease and may die up to 20 years earlier than others. 
  • African Americans are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, and they are more likely to suffer from end-stage renal disease, lower extremity amputations and complications from diabetes. 
  • Approximately 52 percent of Hispanics and 42 percent of Blacks aged 50 or older said they never had a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy screening test for colorectal cancer, compared to 36 percent of older White adults. 
Social Determinants of Health: Social determinants of health (SDOH) are those factors and conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play that can affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. For example, poverty limits access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods. The differences in health are striking in communities with poor SDOH such as unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods or substandard education. SDOH can have a much larger impact on our individual health than the medical care we receive. Understanding and applying what we know about SDOH can help us to improve individual and population health and to advance health equity. 

Take the Health Equity Pledge: You and everyone can play a role in eliminating health inequities. The first step is awareness. Take the Health Equity Pledge and tell your friends and followers on social media that you’ve taken the pledge. Use the following hashtags in your social media postings: 


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