Health equity means that individuals have a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible and receive high quality care that is appropriate to them and their needs no matter where they live, what they have or who they are.
A health equity approach acknowledges that health isn't reflected equally throughout society. This means that we need to recognize that some people may need more or different services than others to reach optimal health.
Applying health equity strategies in Niagara means reducing poverty and allowing everyone to have the same access to health care, education, a safe home environment and nutritious food to eat.
25 per cent of the reason why you're sick is because of your access to quality health care.
Around 75 per cent of your health is due to other factors in your life, including your gender, race, employment conditions, the quality of the air you breathe, or how much green space there is in your neighbourhood.
By working together as a community, we can encourage change, reduce barriers, and improve overall access to services so that outcomes are fair to all.