Full Circle is part of a cohort of organizations dedicated to advancing the field of health equity in Colorado, The Health Equity Advocacy (HEA) is a multi-year Colorado Trust funding strategy with the goal to bud a strong and diverse field of health equity advocates in the state. Here’s Executive Director Alice Pugh of Full Circle of Lake County, one of 18 HEA grantee organizations, explaining how the HEA strategy has informed their work.
Health Equity: 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.
Full Circle provides a variety of services to assure that the youth and children most impacted by inequities will thrive socially, emotionally and physically.
- Social support and skills for youth and families
- Employment stress : Full Circle provides parenting support and empowerment as well as pro-social out-of-school time activities for children whose parents are working long hours
- Social environments (neighborhood safety and support) by empowering local leaders in our Family Leadership Training Institute
- Behavioral Health prevention strategies in our out-of-school time programs and parenting education
- Healthy child development through Full Circle pro-social outdoor experiential activities and prevention programs
- Culture: Marginalization, stigmatization, loss or devaluation of language and culture, and lack of access to culturally appropriate health care and services impacts health. Full Circle provides Inter-Cultural Learning, supportive immigrant services, translation and a safe place to find resources.
A type of difference in health that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities negatively affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health. These obstacles stem from characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion such as race or ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, sexual orientation, or geographic location. Other characteristics include cognitive, sensory, or physical disability.
How do we work to achieve health equity?
To achieve health equity, we must eliminate avoidable health inequities and health disparities requiring short-and long-term actions, including:
- Attention to the root causes of health inequities and health disparities, specifically health determinants.
- Particular attention to groups that have experienced major obstacles to health associated with socio-economic disadvantages and historical and contemporary injustices.
- Promotion of equal opportunities for all people to be healthy and to seek the highest level of health possible.