Health Equity Issues and Topics

Perspectives

What is health equity?

Navigating health equity issues for a more just future

Health equity is the ability to fulfill our human potential in all aspects of health and well-being. It’s an opportunity to achieve an overall state of well-being encompassing clinical, mental, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health that’s influenced by not just health care, but also social, economic, and environmental factors.

How drivers of health influence health equity issues

Health equity has been in the spotlight as study after study has shown that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). But this isn’t new—this simply highlights that racism, bias, and all drivers of health have contributed to health inequities in communities across the country and over centuries in complex and systemic ways. While looking at the intersection of race and equity is essential, we also acknowledge that health equity is a broader issue that encompasses factors such as environment, social, and all other drivers of health.

Economic

Low-income American adults are more than twice as likely to have a stroke and have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic disorders than wealthier Americans.1

Social

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth in grades 7–12 are more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide than their non-LGBTQ+ peers.2

Environmental

More than 50% of individuals living within 1.9 miles of toxic waste facilities—linked with health issues such as cancer and kidney failure—are people of color.3

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In the news

Deloitte names Kulleni Gebreyes Director of the Deloitte Health Equity Institute

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Advancing health equity through action

COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on low-income populations and communities of color has exposed deep inequalities in health outcomes. The Deloitte Health Equity Institute was established to share our most impactful learnings, extend the efforts of others, and meaningfully contribute to broader health equity issues.

Leadership

Drive meaningful change

We recommend that organizations create a strategy that places health equity at the center and expands it across four domains: organization; offerings; community; and ecosystem. Explore actionable insights to help leaders intentionally and deliberately design and build systems that advance health equity across the four domains.

Health equity resource library

Gain insights into health equity topics and outcome disparities in our communities.

Start your health equity conversation

Learn how Deloitte can help you ask the right questions, come to the right conclusions, and work toward better patient outcomes and more health care equity for all.

If you’d like to talk more about how to accelerate health equity in your organization and your community, let’s set up a conversation.

Endnotes

1Kulleni Gebreyes et al., “Activating health equity”, Deloitte Insights, 2021, https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/health-care/developing-an-agenda-of-equity-in-health.html.
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