Black mother smiling and reading with her daughter in bed.

The health of each of us depends on the health of all of us.

Some of us are far more likely than others to suffer chronic diseases, experience injuries, lack access to needed care, and die younger. Those more likely to experience these poor outcomes include those from lower-income families, women and girls, and African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

Assuring health opportunities requires working for health equity: addressing the marked differences in health outcomes related to race/ethnicity, income/poverty, gender, and where people live.

Working for health equity is a process of people working together to create equal opportunities for health and well-being for all people in a community.