Key Terms and Definitions
Drivers and Determinants of health are factors that can greatly influence the health and quality of life of individuals, populations, and communities (including social, economic, environmental, ecological, and cultural factors).
Food deserts are areas with low access to supermarkets and/or large grocery stores.
Food Disinvestment is the intentional denial of access to healthy food options.
Food swamps are areas with little to no access to healthy food options.
Health disparities are the measurable differences or gaps seen in one group’s health status in relation to another or other group(s).
Health equity is the opportunity for everyone to have good health.
Health equity in all policies is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.
Health in all policies is an approach to improving health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.
Health inequities are the unfair differences that prevent everyone from the opportunity to have good health.
Oral Health Equity is the opportunity for everyone to experience optimal dental health, including care, services and resources.
Person of color is someone who is not white or of European parentage.
Last Modified: April 12, 2022