There are a lot of terms used when talking about equity, so here's what we mean when we use these words. 


  • Equity: An approach that strives to give everyone a healthy, happy life but gives extra attention to those with barriers who lack access to resources so they can receive individualized care to bring them to the same level of health. 
  • Equality: is equal treatment and availability of health care services for all people. 
  • Disability: A person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities. 
  • Implicit bias: Unaware attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in unconscious manner. 
  • Explicit bias: Aware of thoughts and emotions towards a specific group of people. 
  • Microaggressions: are the offensive insults, putdowns, invalidations, and offensive behaviors or action directed at a certain group of people.  
  • Racial Inequity: The unethical and unequal distribution of resources along racial lines. 
  • Health Disparities: a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and environmental disadvantage disparities. Adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, mental health or physical disability linked to discrimination or exclusion.  
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