Health Equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities (Definition from the Office of Minority Health - US. Department of Health and Human Services). We are focused on increasing health equity in tobacco prevention and control in an effort to decrease prevalence rates and prevent initiation among those who are most disproportionately impacted by the burden of tobacco.
This means we are focused on addressing tobacco-related disparities. A tobacco disparity refers to a sub-population or pocket of individuals that "stand-out" from their peers regarding some tobacco-related health dimension. Bringing Everyone Along: A Strategic Plan to Eliminate Tobacco-Related Disparities in Wisconsin is what guides our work in Wisconsin.
The Tobacco-Related Disparities Stat Shot highlights how different communities/sub populations are being disproportionately impacted by tobacco.
Click here for a Powerpoint slide deck associated with the 2015 Stat Shot that can be tailored for local presentations to highlight activities that your MJC/network is doing to work with populations disproportionately impacted by the burden of tobacco.