It’s Time Texas discusses health equity in six words

equality of health in six wordsHi, my name is Joycelyn Jurado and I’m the director of school programs at It’s Time Texas.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the terms “equality in health” and “inequalities in health” are defined as: Equality is the absence of avoidable or correctable differences between groups of people, whether these groups are defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically. Health inequalities therefore involve more than inequality with regard to health determinants, access to the resources needed to improve and maintain health or health outcomes. They also include the inability to avoid or overcome inequalities that violate justice and human rights standards.

In the last two years I’ve worked for It’s Time Texas, I’ve learned how easy it is to believe in justice in health and how difficult life can be with that faith. I have learned that working for equality in health is work from the inside out: getting to know one person, one agency, or the deep beliefs and values โ€‹โ€‹of one coalition’s health; listening and partnership in how this faith is lived, shared and grown; and innovation to serve those who are lagging behind authentically, systematically and sustainably.

It is not a small task. However, getting lost in it can lead to burnout – it can lead to a loss of our joy and faith. How can we recall the complexity of the concept and practice of equality in health in order to have a simple and therefore a joyful activity out of it?

Using our favorite call to write, we asked our employees to put together “six-word stories” about what equality and health means to them.

Here are some of their answers:

  1. Kids love healthy adults.
  2. The only chance to be healthy.
  3. Have access to health resources.
  4. Opportunity for quality health without barriers.

The practice of writing down our beliefs (in just six words!) Is a joyful act of determination. Working to live this faith that brings change can renew and renew our commitment to a better, healthier and fairer world.

In the comments below, we invite you to share your “six-word story” about what equality means to you. We encourage you to come with us and share stories (in more than six words) about our practical work to improve health inequalities throughout our beautiful state of Texas.

We thank Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas for providing us with the Healthy Children, Healthy Families (HKHF) grant to fund our Collaborative Innovations for Community Health. Please visit to follow our grant recipients and see the health and justice work they are doing to improve their communities.

David Berry

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