Equity vs. Equality: What’s the Difference?
The Difference Between Equity and Equality
- Offering free health care, with optional appointments and evening clinic hours, to make health care more accessible to Black men.
- Providing health seminars and courses specifically for Black men.
- Employing a barber to perform free haircuts after receiving health education training to be a health advocate for Black men whom the clinic staff could not reach.
- Providing fatherhood classes to help Black men become more effectively involved in the lives of their children.
- Building “a culturally competent workforce able to create a safe, respectful, male-friendly environment and to overcome mistrust in Black communities toward the traditional health care system.”
- Organizing physician participation in support group discussions to enhance understanding between providers and patients.
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- Conducting community-based participatory research to support cross-cultural partnerships.
- Implementing popular education, which involves mutual learning and analysis.
- Providing community health workers with specialized training “in leadership, local politics, governance structure, advocacy, community organizing, popular education, and health.”
Project BRAVE: Building and Revitalizing an Anti-Violence Environment
Using Equity and Equality in Public Health Practice
Additional Resources about Equity and Equality
- Office of Health Equity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Health Equity, American Public Health Association
- Equity of Opportunity, U.S. Department of Education
- Health Equity: Why It Matters, and How To Take Action, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Racial Equity Impact Assessment Toolkit, Race Forward
- Equity vs. Equality: 6 Steps Toward Equity, Edutopia