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We believe everyone deserves to be healthy—no matter who we are, what we do, where we come from, what we earn, how we look or who we love.
Health equity is ensuring everyone can live their healthiest life possible. That requires high-quality living conditions and universal access to competent, affordable and culturally appropriate care.
Our health is often based on social, economic and environmental conditions. Stable housing, healthy food, adequate employment, transportation, access to medical care and being treated with dignity and respect are all factors we need to stay healthy.
People are marginalized when they experience unjust differences in how they are treated or services they can access. Major factors for health inequalities include:
It requires actively acknowledging and reckoning with historical and contemporary injustices, prioritizing the needs of marginalized people, envisioning new ways of creating a shared sense of community, distributing resources and creating conditions that allow everyone to thrive. It requires structural changes in programs, services and governments. It is challenging, but it is not impossible.
HIV prevention and treatment are better and more accessible than ever before. Also, medical case management and safe and affordable housing assists marginalized individuals with HIV to live long and healthy lives. But improved outcomes are not evenly distributed:
Caracole’s passion for equity is woven into who we are and what we stand for. Here are some of the practices we uphold in order to create a more equitable community:
When it comes to supporting communities, we all have a role to play.
You, too, can learn, educate, advocate, communicate and seek justice.