The World Health Organization defines equity as "the absence of avoidable or remediable differences among groups of people". Health Equity therefore ensures that all people have access to optimal health despite their race, culture, or socioeconomic status. Without health equity, residents don't have the opportunities to be, and stay, healthy. This can have a profound impact. For example, without health equity, children underperform in school and thus fail to reach their potential, businesses see rising healthcare costs and falling productivity from their employees, and communities and neighborhoods weaken.
Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the United States. It has some of the best doctors and hospitals, and is the health insurance capital of the world.
Yet, Connecticut also has some of the greatest health disparities of any state in the US.
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