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What is Health Equity?

  • The opportunity for individuals and communities to live happy, healthy and productive lives.
  • Uncovering health differences rooted in race, gender, physical abilities, or zip codes.
  • Empowered communities, organizations and policy makers partnering for healthier conditions.

 

Problem in Jefferson County

26.3%
Children Living in Poverty
2
African Americans are unemployed for every 1 White person unemployed
60181
Single Parent Households
33%
Greater Infant Mortality Rate than the National Rate

A Tale of Two Communities

Health inequities persist in Jefferson County. In the summary below, we see unhealthy differences between 2 well-known communities in our county.
 

“Over the Mountain”/Trussville

  • Mostly white residents
  • Less poverty
  • Longer life expectancy
  • Low infant mortality rate
  • Greater access to healthy foods 

Interstate 20/59

  • Mostly minority residents
  • More poverty
  • Lower life expectancy
  • Higher infant mortality rate
  • Limited access to healthy foods
 

Reducing income inequalities will help reduce health inequalities. People with low income are more likely to have poor health.

Improving high school graduation rates can help reduce health inequalities. An educated population is more likely to have opportunities to earn a suitable income and impact their individual and community’s health.

Increasing access to grocery stores and farmer’s markets helps reduce health inequalities. Families who have access to healthy foods have better health outcomes.

In 2011, 13.2% of the households in Jefferson County had annual incomes lower than the federal poverty level. Many of these homes bordered Interstate 20/59.

In Jefferson County, educational disparities disproportionately differ by race. More blacks do not graduate high school with a diploma than whites (16.7% vs 9.7%).

Almost 160,000 Jefferson County residents live in a food desert. Many of these residents are concentrated along the I-20/59 corridor.

The Guiding Principles

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Use these resources to guide you

in taking the next steps towards health equity.

Advancing Health Equity Through Strategic Partnerships

Advancing Health Equity Through Strategic Partnerships

Better Health Through Equity

Better Health Through Equity

The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters.

The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters.

Expanding the Boundaries: Health Equity and Public Health Practice

Expanding the Boundaries: Health Equity and Public Health Practice

Health Equity Guide

Health Equity Guide

PolicyLink:Center for Health Equity and Place

PolicyLink:Center for Health Equity and Place

National Collaborative for Health Equity

National Collaborative for Health Equity

Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes

But humanity’s greatest advances are not its discoveries – but how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity. Reducing inequity is the highest human achievement.

Bill Gates

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Our Partners

JCDH
UWCA
UAB
CFGB
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JC Collaborative for Health Equity

 

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Birmingham, AL  United States
(205) 458-2168

 

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