Healthy Communities Initiatives

Health Equity

Health Equity is defined as, “The condition in which everyone has the opportunity to ‘attain their full health potential’ and no one is ‘disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The need for equity is very real, as inequities affect the health and wellness of millions of people, including people in your community. Your work— no matter what community you are in—can make a difference in someone’s life and in your community’s overall health.
Our network of Ys gives us the ability to helps us deliver programs statewide that promote health and wellness with a lens of cultural relevancy and impact for all. Our national footprint also enables us to address social determinants of health, such as access to quality health care.


The phrase “social determinants of health” refers to the social, economic, and environmental conditions needed to live a healthy life.  Social determinants include access to health care, geographic location, work experience, educational background, access to resources, income, housing, and transportation.