People belonging to less advantaged groups tend to experience disparities in their health status because of issues related to unequal social power and discrimination. In terms of access to health care, significant inequities exist with regards to how people access and experience these services. For example, factors such as gender, race, sexual orientation, immigration status, income and education can influence a person's access to timely, appropriate and high-quality care.
Health equity is concerned with creating equal opportunities for good health for all and reducing avoidable and unjust differences in health among population groups.
Equitable access to health services that is based on need, fairness in the distribution of health care resources, provision of culturally competent care and focus on the most health-disadvantaged groups can significantly reduce disparities in health outcomes among population groups and enhance the well being of underprivileged populations.
Please note that this section is under development. It will provide links to various health equity resourcese for addiction and mental health professionals, primary care providers, allied professionals, and those involved in program and policy development.