Health Equity and Disparity
Health equity occurs when individuals, locally or globally, have the opportunity to maximize their full health potential. Health disparities occur when there is a difference in health status between two groups.
Health equity and health disparities are influenced by the social determinants of heath and the conditions in which people live, work and play. Scholars engaged in research in this area of excellence are committed to defining, measuring, understanding and addressing health disparities, particularly in populations disadvantaged due to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability status, geographic location or a combination of the above. This includes advancing interventions, programs and policies that promote resiliency, access, social justice, and health equity.