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HEALTH EQUITY

AN EQUAL CHANCE FOR ALL TO BE HEALTHY

PHMDC is committed to health equity, providing an equal chance for all in Madison and Dane County to be healthy, and reducing the differences in health outcomes that can be traced to unequal economic, environmental and social conditions.

INCORPORATING HEALTH EQUITY INTO OUR WORK RESULTS IN:

  • Better health outcomes for all.
  • Increased capacity and leadership of residents to create their own healthy environments.
  • Policies and environmental changes that support access to resources and opportunities for all.
  • Strengthened existing social, political, educational, and economic structures.

ASSUMPTIONS THAT GUIDE OUR WORK

  • Health is an end in itself, an asset or resource required by everyone and critical to human development and well-functioning communities.
  • Equity in health status benefits everyone.
  • Population health outcomes are primarily the result of social and political forces, not lifestyle or behavior.
  • Health is a collective public good, actively produced by institutions and social policies.
  • An accumulation of negative social conditions and lack of fundamental resources contribute to health inequities. This includes economic and social insecurity, racial and gender inequality, lack of participation and influence in society, unfavorable conditions during childhood, absence of quality and affordable housing, unhealthy conditions in the workplace and lack of control over the work process, toxic environments, and inequitable distribution of public goods.
  • Addressing health inequities effectively will require an emphasis on root causes and social injustice, the latter having to do with inequality and hierarchical divisions within the population.

Recommendations for the Community and Policymakers

  • Create a sense of place and belonging.
  • Build social capital.
  • Create an empowered community culture.
  • Improve economic development.
  • Increase educational opportunities.
  • Improve transportation and housing.
Key Contacts
(608) 266-4821