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Health Equity

Eliminating differences in health status and outcomes among different groups of people

About Health Equity

Health equity is 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” (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Groups of people differ in terms of disease incidence and prevalence, disease course, and health outcomes. These are health disparities. Research in this area includes:

  • whether or not there are health disparities for a given condition for given groups of people
  • what those health disparities are and what impact they have on the group and/or society
  • what is causing those health disparities (genetics, environmental conditions, cultural aspects, access to medical care, differential treatment, etc.)
  • how identified health disparities can be eliminated (educational interventions, improved screening, etc.)

It's important to remember that many people are members of multiple groups affected by health disparities, such as a Latina who is underinsured living in an urban area or a transgender teen living in a rural area. The distinctions made in this LibGuide are for ease of finding information, but do not address issues of intersectionality.. 

Books on Equity and Combatting Bias

Because health equity and disparities do not exist in a vacuum, this section provides a list of general titles about racism and disparities. Click on the title to see the record in the catalog. It will give you links to the full-text of the book (if available) or tell you if the print book is available for checkout. In the catalog, you can also request a book located at another library be sent to Mulford Library for checkout.

Thank you to members of the medical school Health Equity Curriculum Committee for recommending book titles.