For more information, phone (619) 542-4092.
Our goal is to help reduce and eliminate health disparities by
providing information about health conditions, including infectious
and chronic diseases, which affect various populations differently.
Key influencing factors (i.e., social determinants of health) include,
for example, age, geography, gender, race/ethnicity and socio-economic
status. Our REHDI resource page includes key definitions, links to
health equity reports and other resource links.
Our Health Equity Vision: Health equity for all San Diego
Our Health Equity Mission: Public Health Services (PHS) is
committed to increasing health equity in San Diego County through
continual development of policies and procedures, community capacity,
awareness, and operational responsiveness and support to staff.
Health Equity-Related Definitions
Health refers to a dynamic state of complete physical, mental,
spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease
Public Health refers to what we as a society do
collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.
Public Health 3.0 refers to a major upgrade in public health
practice emphasizes cross-sector work to affect the social
determinants of health and advance health equity. Public Health
3.0 challenges us to incorporate health into all areas of governance.
It is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). It calls for us
to boldly expand public health to address all aspects of life that
promote health and well-being, including:
- Economic development
- Safe neighborhoods
Population Health refers to the health of a population
as measured by health status indicators and as influenced by
social, economic and physical environments, personal health practices,
individual capacity and coping skills, human biology, early childhood
development, and health services.
Social Determinants of Health refer to conditions in
places where people are born, grow, live, play, work, and age that
could affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. These
conditions are referred to as social determinants of health (SDOH).
- Social status
- Social support
- Physical environment
Health Disparities refer to differences in the incidence,
prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health
conditions that exist among specific population groups e.g.,
within the United States.
Health Equity refers to all groups in a population having
equal, fair, and just opportunities to attain their full health and
well-being potential and quality of life.
The National Association of County and Community
Health Officials (NACCHO): Health Equity and Social
The goal of NACCHO's Health
Equity and Social Justice Program is to advance the capacity of
local health departments to confront the root causes of inequities
in the distribution of disease and illness through public health
practice and their organizational structure. The program's
initiatives explore why certain populations bear a
disproportionate burden of disease and mortality and what social
arrangements and institutions generate those inequities, in order
to design strategy to eliminate them.
American Medical Association
The AMA is committed to
addressing racial and ethnic health care disparities, through the
Minority Affairs Section, the Health Care Disparities Program, and
CDC – Social Determinants of Health
The CDC recognizes the impact of
social determinants of health throughout its programs and provides
data and resources to identify and address health inequities
caused by unhealthy social environments.
Millennium Development Goals
The eight Millennium Development
Goals form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and
all the world’s leading development institutions e.g., halting the
spread of HIV/AIDS.