The Health District believes everyone in the community should have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. BFHD values and serves all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, or physical and mental abilities.


The Health District actively works to achieve health equity through several strategies:

  • Building organizational capacity and mobilizing data to influence policies and practices
  • Providing expert guidance to local, state, and federal policy makers to impact social and health inequities
  • Collaborating with partners and stakeholders to address social determinants of health and health disparities throughout the community
  • Confronting and addressing the root causes of health inequities

 



To achieve health equity, we work with other sectors to address the factors that influence health which are known as 
social determinants of health (SDOH). Examples of SDOH include housing, education, healthcare, public safety and food access. Race, culture and gender identity are forces in determining how these social determinants are distributed. The pursuit of health equity must remain at the forefront of our efforts; we must always remember that dignity and quality of care are rights of all and not the privileges of a few.

Inequities are created when systematic, avoidable, unfair and unjust barriers prevent individuals and communities from reaching their full potential. Inequities differ from health disparities, which are differences in health status between people related to social or demographic factors such as race, gender, income or geographic region. Health disparities are one way we can measure our progress toward achieving health equity.

Another way we can assure equity is to i
mplement and assure Trauma Informed Approaches are consistently practiced throughout BFHD. Trauma Informed principles and approaches are those that recognize that people may have many different types of trauma in their lives and need support and understanding from those around them. It allows for physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and service providers and helps provide a sense of control and empowerment.


believes everyone in the community should have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. BFHD values and serves all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, or physical and mental abilities.

BFHD actively works to achieve health equity through several strategies:

  • Building organizational capacity and mobilizing data to influence policies and practices.
  • Providing expert guidance to local, state, and federal policy makers to impact social and health inequities.
  • Collaborating with partners and stakeholders to address social determinants of health and health disparities throughout the community.
  • Confronting and addressing the root causes of health inequities.

To achieve health equity, we work with other sectors to address the factors that influence health which are known as social determinants of health(SDOH). Examples of SDOH include housing, education, healthcare, public safety and food access. Race, culture and gender identity are forces in determining how these social determents are distributed. The pursuit of health equity must remain at the forefront of our efforts; we must always remember that dignity and quality of care are rights of all and not the privileges of a few.

Inequities are created when systematic, avoidable, unfair and unjust barriers prevent individuals and communities from reaching their full potential. Inequities differ from health disparities, which are differences in health status between people related to social or demographic factors such as race, gender, income or geographic region. Health disparities are one way we can measure our progress toward achieving health equity.


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