Spokane County

Eye on Equity

Health equity means that everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. The Spokane Regional Health District is committed to working toward health equity by applying an equity lens in everything we do. A core function of public health is providing data to community and stakeholders. Data can be used to identify, communicate and improve health inequity.

County Health Insights Eye on Equity webpage is our commitment to the Spokane Community to keep health equity in the public eye.

In this site you will find information that illustrates differences in health and well-being across different groups within our local community. These differences can be traced to unequal economic and social conditions and are systemic and avoidable – and thus inherently unjust and unfair.

When we work together to close the gaps in these differences, we move closer to health equity.

The Spokane Regional Health District will be working with partners to build out a comprehensive equity dashboard. The work will commence in January 2019.

We are pleased to offer a glimpse of that work now. Please check back soon–there is more to come!

Definitions:

Equality: All are equal.

Equity: People are offered what they need.

Health Inequity: Differences in population health that can be traced to unequal economic and social conditions and are systemic and avoidable – and thus inherently unjust and unfair.

Health Disparity: Differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups.

Social Determinants of Health: Factors (i.e., determinants) in our social and economic environment that research has found to negatively (or positively) affect health.