Equity in its purest form, as defined by the American Heritage College Dictionary, is the state, quality, or ideal of being just, impartial and fair (AHCD, 2000). Therefore, health equity in the context of medical care should reflect affordable, accessible and quality healthcare services that are effective, adequate and appropriate. Distribution of health equity should be purposeful and thus obtained by distributing impartial, just, and quality healthcare accommodations for all individuals and families. The questions become what is included in health equity? What is expected to be gained from health equity? Who is responsible for its delivery of care and outcome thereof? Why is it needed? And moreover, how should it be provided and by whom for whom? I ask, what does health equity mean to you?
Health equity adds in-depth meaning to the concept of quality of life to which all humans are entitled. Health equity is therefore needed to ensure that human life is valued, respected, maintained and sustained throughout one’s lifetime. Health equity is supposed to represent a state of general well-being of not only our internal physical and mental health conditions, but also the wealth of our external environments. To rejoice in quality of life includes having access to equal and unlimited healthcare services and treatments rendered in a manner that is achievable, accessible and non-discriminate. Health equity is therefore a process originating from conception and terminating at death or to the extent with which we understand the uncomfortable and heart wrenching true meaning of end of life. A process for whom so many people are experiencing this daily preventable and premature outcome.
Throughout this process there are multiple components that contribute to the sheer essence of health equity. Therefore, health equity describes an iterative process of ongoing measures, whereby best healthcare practices and services are provided, protected, maintained, and sustained until life no longer exists. To effect this equitable outcome requires our entire society. Hence, to achieve this heightened level of health equity is best done through a single payer universal healthcare reimbursement system that is not only beneficial to All Oregonians, but also to those throughout this country, right here and right now.
The distribution of health equity should be provided to all people seeking timely intervention from all medical healthcare professionals, facilities and providers based on medical circumstances, situations, family and or individual health needs. Health equity when adhered to and used effectively will positively impact society. Health equity will correct the long-term wrong and restore dignity, respect and the rights to live and enjoy a quality of life as it relates to humanity. This manner of approach and thinking will triumph most unintended and unhealthy outcomes. Human beings play dual and triple roles as disseminators and deliverers of health equity. We therefore serve not only as distributors of health, but also as stewards and recipients of an essential component of life, yet unnecessarily unaffordable. However, when health services are equitably distributed, it will allow equal access to all geographic populations within the boundaries of Oregon and throughout our homeland of America. Where there is neither justice, equity nor equality, nor is there tranquility or peace.
Health equity outcome is best achieved via a single payer universal healthcare system of reimbursement. A universal healthcare system initiated by “We the People” enacted by the state legislators and signed into law by Oregon’s Governor John A. Kitzhaber. A government incentivized solution by and for the peoples designed to guide, provide, instruct and protect our way of life and the economy within which we all live, work and thrive just to survive. Health Care for All Oregon seeks to obtain this state of affairs through its advocacy for health equity and universal healthcare coverage.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
AHCD, (2000). (3rd ed.). American heritage college dictionary. Boston, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company
Glendora Claybrooks describes herself as a small-town country girl of Native and African heritage who was born on a plantation in Blytheville Arkansas.
“As a young girl growing up,” she says, “I endured social injustices; school segregation, inadequate health care services, and racial discrimination. But I listened to, and read about courageous individuals fighting for my Civil Rights and recognized later that these issues would always be at the human root of our ongoing plights.”
Claybrooks moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1995, and achieved education in Community Health, Health Sciences, Grant Writing and Nonprofits, Civics, Health Administration and Public Management.