When it comes to our health, we all must have the opportunity to access and afford quality health care.
About The Issue
Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. True equity requires removing obstacles or inequities to accessing health care such as poverty and discrimination. In other words, we must improve the underlying social and economic conditions of communities, known as the social determinants of health.
When communities do not have good jobs with fair pay, quality education, affordable housing or live in safe environments, the people in these communities experience more severe financial hardship and are often sicker or have worse health outcomes compared to those who have more resources and access to quality care. These are called health disparities.
Health equity is a core value of everything we do at NPAF. We strive to shape the health care system into one that meets all patients and caregivers where they are and lessens health disparities overall.