What does healthy equity mean to you?
Health equity is when resources are given to individuals for their well-being. Under true health equity, these resources are given based on what best benefits the individual, not based on what group society places them into.
One example of health inequity is the disparity in trauma healthcare access depending on what neighborhood you live in. When a person is in a critical condition, some people have a higher chance of surviving if they are close to a trauma center. If you live far from a trauma center, there is a higher chance you won’t survive or that your condition will worsen during transit.
Depending on where you live, you may have different access to certain resources. Members of our team have seen this affect community members firsthand. Someone in our team knows someone who was able to get to a clinic, but unfortunately could not afford to pay for treatment. So, they had to reach out to their network of family and friends and raise money for their treatment.
Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit a senior center on 65th and Dorchester, the Martin Farrell House. One project we are scheduled to help them out with is their community garden. Gardens can help increase community health because they can provide fresh and nutritious food, give senior citizens an opportunity to be together outside, and allow them to engage in physical activity.
As Team Woodlawn of SSP, it is our job to help build an awareness of health equity. Though we probably won’t be able to inform everybody, we believe that we can start making the change in the Woodlawn community.