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What is health equity?

Health equity is the absence of avoidable and unwanted differences in health status and quality of care experienced by different groups in our population (usually differences between advantaged and disadvantaged social groups).

What is a health disparity?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines a health disparity as: “a type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage.” (HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities: A Nation Free of Disparities in Health and Health Care. 2011).

What is the difference between disparities in health status and health care?

Disparities in health status are differences in the impact of disease on patient functioning. Disparities in health care are disparities in the quality of the delivery of care such as differences in whether care meets patient needs and is timely, safe, patient-centered, efficient, and equitable.