HCPH believes that every person should have the opportunity to achieve their best health. However, we know that not everyone has the same opportunity to be healthy; things like education, race/ethnicity, income, the environment in which individuals live (Built Environment), among other factors, all affect health.
From an equity perspective, HCPH has invested in its own workforce so its staff members understand the work they do has a key role in ensuring “upstream” solutions to “downstream” problems in the community.
Disease prevention is far more cost-effective and a key to the success of any system. This equity-based approach employs the notion that “health happens where one lives, learns, works, worships, and plays.”