Health Equity

At Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), health equity means that everyone should be able to reach their best health regardless of their social position and potential barriers. Your health is the result of more than just your personal choices. People face many challenges and disadvantages, and need help to be as healthy as possible.

Identifying health inequities

There are differences that can be unfair and unjust when comparing:

  • genders
  • different incomes and education levels
  • accessibility issues
  • people who live in rural areas and cities
  • newcomers and citizens
  • indigenous and non-indigenous people

Many people face barriers due to their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, social class, socioeconomic status or other socially-determined circumstance. These social determinants can affect the health of individuals and the entire community.

We'll achieve health equity when all people are able to reach their full health potential.

Social determinants of health

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, social determinants can include:

  • access to health services
  • culture, race and ethnicity
  • disability
  • early childhood development
  • education, literacy and skills
  • employment, job security and working conditions
  • food insecurity
  • gender identity and expression
  • housing
  • income and income distribution
  • indigenous status
  • personal health practices and resiliency
  • physical environments
  • sexual orientation and attraction
  • social inclusion or exclusion
  • social support networks

Supporting health equity

We support health equity by improving the social, economic, environmental and health systems in our community. We help strengthen community action, build healthy public policy, create supportive environments, develop skills, and reorient health services.

Priority populations

We're working to find ways to reach out, understand and engage priority populations. Our goal is to ensure that their voices are heard and their experiences and stories are told.

System approaches

Poverty

We use provincial and federal strategies that address local concerns such as:

  • poverty
  • food insecurity
  • homelessness
  • social isolation
  • violence

Our goal is to improve awareness, community buy-in, and external capacity in our community.

In Huron County, we provide co-leadership and participate in Poverty to Prosperity (P2P) projects.

Food Security

We advocate for food security in order to respond effectively to hunger through education and policy development.

Homelessness

In Huron County, we participate in the County Housing and Homelessness Steering Committee and provide resources and analyses that promote health equity.

Emerging Issues

We explore internal and external capacity for trauma and violence-informed practice, gender-based analyses, and intersectional approaches to health equity with a focus on social isolation and violence.

Building internal capacity

We create an internal culture of health equity by building health equity lenses and assessments into our processes and programs.

Building external capacity

We engage with other community stakeholders in policy development, health equity analysis, and promote decreases in health inequities.