1. Focus on improving public health and reduce health disparities by incorporating social, economic, and environmental determinants of health into programming and initiatives
  2. Invest in prevention and health promotion initiatives that establish health equity in the community
  3. Emphasize the importance and value of the informal care sector, and provide key resources to enhance their capacity and capabilities.
The current system emphasizes a persons medical status, more so than the person as a whole, and their life in its entirety. People’s lives are more than their diagnosis and there’s a whole sweep of factors, for example, social network, economic status, and everyday environmental exposures, that contributes to overall health and wellbeing. ICC allows us to look at a person as a whole in the context of their community and its unique social determinants of health. Building resilient communities involves addressing social determinants within those communities. By definition, it reduces health disparities and increases health equity.
So what is equity and why does it matter for the topic of health?
Health equity is focused on the premise that people require unique resources to live a healthy and happy life. While equality ensures that everyone receives the resources they need. Now, why is it important to focus on having equitable services to health resources? Because it helps ensure that everyone’s needs are met. People have unique needs, and health equity recognizes that not everyone needs the same solutions, instead, people need resources tailored to their specific situation.

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