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What is health equity?

Health equity is defined as 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 health care disparities.” What makes us healthy pie chart

Basically, health equity is the opportunity for every individual to attain their full health potential.



Much of our health starts where we live, learn, work and play. Since opportunities for good health start there, many factors impact who has access to those opportunities and who may not.

An individual’s income, education, housing, transportation availability and accessibility, access to healthy foods, and other social factors impact opportunities for health.

Because much of what affects our health happens outside of medical care, it is important to build a culture of health where the healthy choice is the easy choice for everyone.


Where are you on the health equity map?

Find your zip code region in our maps and explore. There are maps covering life expectancy and health behaviors, among others. Additional maps will be added as data is received and analyzed.

Current mapping provided reflects priority health outcomes the Northern Kentucky community identified in the Community Health Assessment for Northern Kentucky 2016 and the Community Health Improvement Plan for Northern Kentucky 2016-2020.

Life expectancy  (Kentucky Vital Statistics)

Female, male

Health status  (Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance - KyBRFS)

Self-reported health status, insurance coverage, special equipment, limited activity due to health issues

Priority Health Outcome: Obesity  (Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance - KyBRFS)

Obesity, diabetes, physical activity

Priority Health Outcome: Substance Use Disorders (Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance - KyBRFS)

Smoking, depression, binge drinking, opioid addiction

Priority Health Outcome: Heart Disease (Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance - KyBRFS)

Heart attack, angina, stroke, cholesterol, high blood pressure

Demographics (Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance - KyBRFS)

Income, education, race, age, gender

Neighborhood / Environment (Data coming soon)

Access to healthy foods, farmers’ markets


What can we do?

No single person or group can tackle this problem alone. It will take people in business, government, education, organizations representing many interests and residents working together to create opportunities to live a healthy life.

Helping people stay healthy can take a variety of forms – from increasing access to healthy foods in underserved neighborhoods, to designing safe neighborhoods, to expanding early education opportunities, to improving transportation, to encouraging more physical activity, and much more.


1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. The National Plan for Action Draft as of February 17, 2010 [Internet]. Chapter 1: Introduction. Available from: