Health equity is a key component of the Live Well San Diego vision in
San Diego County. Addressing health disparities is essential in
increasing and ultimately achieving health equity. The health of most
Americans has improved in the past century, however some groups
continue to experience a disproportionately higher burden of morbidity
and mortality. Nationally, there are significant differences in rates
of disease, death, and lifestyle behaviors. These differences, or
health disparities, exist between genders, among racial/ethnic and age
groups, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, and
In the United States:
· The rate of death due to coronary heart disease was 41.6%
higher among males compared to females in 2006.1
· The rate of suicide was significantly higher for persons
living in the western United States in 2007.1
· The prevalence of diabetes among adults was significantly
higher among blacks and Hispanics in 2008.1
· The prevalence of asthma was higher among children compared
to adults in 2008.1
Overview of Health Equity in San Diego County Slide Set: This
slide set gives a high level overview of health disparities in San
- What are Health Disparities?
- Where are there disparities in health outcomes in San Diego County?
- What are a few of our opportunities for prevention for certain key diseases?
NEW! Identifying Health Disparities to Achieve Health Equity in
San Diego County Series: Age, Gender, Geography, Race/Ethnicity, and
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Health
Disparities and Inequalities Report—United States, 2011. MMWR
(Accessed September 30, 2013).