Student Wellness
Student Wellness

What is Health Equity?

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Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people.  Health Equity means efforts to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.” 

 Additional Definitions:

  • Health Inequities:Differences in health that are avoidable, unfair, and unjust. Health inequities are affected by social, economic, and environmental conditions. 
  • Health Disparities:Differences in health outcomes among groups of people. 

The concepts of health equity and health disparity are inseparable in their practical implementation. Policies and practices aimed at promoting the goal of health equity will not immediately eliminate all health disparities, but they will provide a foundation for moving closer to that goal. 

Why does Health Equity matter?

Everyone at Iowa State University deserves a fair chance to lead a healthy life. No student, faculty, staff, or community member should have their capacity to attain their highest level of health obstructed or denied because of who they are or their socio-economic opportunities. 

How will Student Wellness work to achieve health equity?

Student Wellness will provide leadership to the Iowa State University community to engage students in working towards eliminating avoidable health inequities and health disparities.  Student Wellness seeks to follow the guidelines from the Health Equity Institute and Healthy People 2020 to address health inequity on campus.   


Information on this page taken and modified from the Health Equity Institute and Healthy People 2020.  For more information on health equity visit:

Healthy People 2020:

Health Equity Institute: