Health equity 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.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has put forth four key steps to achieve health equity:
Not all communities are the same, so it is important to assess your community to guide your tobacco prevention efforts. When conducting a community assessment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests starting with the following questions:
Visit the homepage of the HEI to access health equity resources from scholars, students, and communities working together for health and social justice.
Download this workbook from the CDC that provides information and tools to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that address social determinants of health equity.
Download this Best Practices User Guide from the CDC which focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can work to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control.
The National Equity Project is a leadership and systems change organization committed to increasing the capacity of people to achieve thriving, self-determining, educated, and just communities. Visit the website to access resources and tools, to promote equity.