Transforming Lives, One Community at a Time
Health or education disparity refers to particular types of health or education differences that are closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. The term disparities is often erroneously interpreted to mean racial or ethnic disparities, but many dimensions of disparity exists that are unrelated to race or ethnicity. Yes, health and education disparities transcend race/ethnicity. They stare us in the face every day. And they are real. They are not imaginary. Health and education disparities rob humanity of its full potentials, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Our mission to eliminate health and education disparities by addressing the social determinants of health acknowledges the multi-faceted dimensions of disparities. Our different programs anchored on the social determinants of health ensures that we are addressing the root causes of inequities and not merely treating the symptoms. Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, educational opportunities, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Disparities and the inequities that come from them are multi-faceted, so should the strategies to address them.