Health is essential for everything we do.
In order for children to learn, parents to work, and communities to thrive, they all need to be healthy. Child health is determined by more than a visit to the doctor or avoiding illness. It is shaped by the places where children live, learn, and grow. Whether children live in financially secure families, have stable housing, live in safe communities, or have access to fresh nutritious food all support–or weaken–children’s opportunities for good health. These factors are influenced by the public policies, programs, and agency practices.
Across measures of individual and community health there are persistent health gaps by race, ethnicity, income, and other key factors. Often these differences are preventable and can be perpetuated by inequitable policies, programs, and practices in public health (however unintentional), as well as the disparate social and economic conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and age.
Promoting Health Equity
Eliminating health disparities in North Carolina will require intentional efforts to enhance the health and well-being of residents across multiple areas. Better outcomes are possible when we align policies, programs, and practices to promote health in all areas. To get there, we need policies and programs to be informed by data and evidence that illuminate the potential impact of public policies, programs, and administrative practices on improving or worsening health disparities.
NC Child in partnership with the Division of Public Health Women’s Health Branch and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities have partnered to develop a tools that enables decisionmakers to intentionally focus and align strategies to reduce health disparities.
Are you interested in promoting the health of all people in your community? Become an #impactEQUITYNC partner. Email impactEQUITYNC@gmail.com for more information.