Health Equity refers to the study of the various barriers different populations face when accessing health care, and what their root causes are. By examining these root causes–or social determinants of health-NCSD hopes to address them through all of the work it does, and ensure that these often marginalized groups are able to access the care they need.
When studying and promoting Health Equity, it is important to remember that a “one size fits all” approach does not work, and equality does not necessarily equate to equity. The health disparities faced by one group could be vastly different than those faced by another. Every barrier to care is different and a solution for one community may not adequately address the needs of another. Additionally, one’s identities are often intersectional. This means that one person can experience the health disparities of numerous other groups, depending on who they are. By understanding identity, its intersectionality, and its impact on health, NCSD has committed itself to ensuring that everyone has the ability to receive the care they need, regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic standing.
Through on-going efforts to promote and expand its Health Equity work, NCSD has come across numerous helpful and informative resources from various sources. This resource page is a collection of publications, factsheets, and guides from different organizations that provide overviews and insights into the health disparities faced by different populations throughout the country. By accessing this page, NCSD hopes that both patients and care providers can have a better understanding of what Health Equity means in terms of STDs and HIV, and what can be done to overcome the obstacles that prevent numerous communities from receiving the care they need.
Background and Strategies
Here you can find resources related to Health Equity, what it is, why it is important, and what strategies have been successful.
Women disproportionately bear the long-term consequences of STDs in the US.
Gay Men and MSM
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are facing a sexual health crisis.
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Minorities in the US continue to face significant challenges in accessing care.
Half of all new STD cases are acquired by people aged 15-24.
Due to a lack of knowledge, social stigma, ignorance, and discrimination, transgender people are often ignored and underserved by health care providers.
Where people live, learn, work, and play all influence one’s ability to access care.