Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people in a community, valuing everyone equally. Health equity means a focused and ongoing effort to address avoidable socioeconomic inequalities in health, healthcare and community development.
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Building wealth isn’t just about saving money or improving access to lending. Economic well being is intrinsically tied to social, physical and mental health, and financial instability has a direct ramification on a person’s health.The connection between health and community development is clear. Low- to moderate-income communities tend to suffer much more from health issues than wealthier neighborhoods. And health inequality prohibits many families and individuals from generating wealth.
Utilizing our model of community reinvestment organizing, NCRC encourages banks to support more holistic and inclusive community development efforts. Analogously, we also collaborate with organizations and members to bring together these same financial institutions with health care systems.
Through research and listening sessions, NCRC has observed that the underpinning of an individual’s health is the ability to maintain safe and affordable housing. NCRC values the opportunity to collaborate with our members, community stakeholders and hospitals and health systems as we strive to improve the health of our communities and its most vulnerable members. By improving health, we can make strides toward a more just economy.
Our Model of a Healthy Community
Healthy Communities – Partnering with Hospitals to Invest in Community Development
As a 16 year old Gen Z scholar from Long Island, Perrino chose to study the health impacts of government sanctioned segregation for a project in her science research course.
The consequences of redlining are often thought of in terms of economic opportunity and segregation, but these consequences extend far beyond the boundaries of socioeconomic inequality and into the realm of health disparities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has called for a recent expansion of telemedicine, demonstrating the benefits of remote care. It has also highlighted the disparities in healthcare that many vulnerable groups already face.
By addressing the underlying sources of police brutality through structural change, governments and communities can prevent further acts of brutality and improve the overall health of the public.
COVID-19 is more likely to harm elderly adults. They are also more vulnerable to the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic. In an April data brief, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) studied wealth and income data on adults above the age of 60 throughout the Great Recession. The brief found significant correlations between
Given the connections between health and other sectors outlined in Part 1, multi-sector community partnerships and cross-sector policy efforts are key – both to addressing the spread of COVID-19 and its far-reaching consequences, as well as to improving the health of individuals and communities more broadly.
COVID-19 has thrown many things we in public health have long been working on into stark relief for a broader audience: the importance of sufficient public health funding; the role of our physical and social surroundings in determining our health; how policies, systems and environments contribute to health inequities; and (perhaps the most visceral realization) how interconnected we all are – as individuals, communities, organizations and sectors – when it comes to health and well-being.