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Equity is the absence of avoidable or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, economically, demographically, or geographically. Health inequities therefore involve more than inequality with respect to health determinants, access to the resources needed to improve and maintain health or health outcomes. They also entail a failure to avoid or overcome inequalities that infringe on fairness and human rights norms.

Reducing health inequities is important because health is a fundamental human right and its progressive realization will eliminate inequalities that result from differences in health status (such as disease or disability) in the opportunity to enjoy life and pursue one's life plans.

Health and health equity in all local policies is an overarching theme of the Phase V (2008-2013) of the WHO Healthy Cities. Health in all policies is a horizontal approach that seeks to engage all sectors of society in integrating health and well-being considerations as central values in their strategies and plans.

Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association promotes the concept of health equity by:
- participation in the projects that aim at reducing health inequalities, e.g. Healthier People or HEPROGRESS;
- organization of capacity building trainings for the municipalities from Baltic Sea Region, e.g. training for Latvian National Network of Healthy Cities in March 2013;
- presentation on health equity, social determinants of health and Healthy Cities during the national and international events and conferences;
- participation in the Florence International Course (FIT Course) in 2012, dedicated to the new policy for health in Europe (Health2020 and social determinants of health);
- lectures on health equity as part of the Urban Health Course at Turku University of Applied Sciences (since Autumn 2012);
- writing the articles to the local and national newspapers as well as magazines published in Baltic Sea Region.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:49