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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

HEALTH EQUITY: Air Quality And Asthma

August 28, 2019

Where people live can determine their overall health. Our neighborhood conditions can make us healthy or make us sick. So what exactly does that mean? Many contributing factors in our neighborhoods limit the ability to live a healthy life. The air we breathe is one. Some areas expose residents to harmful air quality or toxic[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY – Social Conditions and Health

August 9, 2019

Doctors treat us when we are ill.  Though our health conditions could sometimes be linked to our family health history, that is not always the case. Research shows that social conditions—the jobs we do, the money we’re paid, the schools we attend, the neighborhoods we live in—are as important to our health as our family[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY – Green Spaces

June 18, 2019

There is a link between health and the environment. Are you asking yourself how? Not every person has that ability to live in a community that makes it easy to get healthy and stay healthy. There are obstacles that get in the way of better health. However, small changes can push your community towards better[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Neighborhood Health

December 1, 2018

Long-lasting stress wears down our bodies and increases the risk of disease. What we might not realize is that stresses from living in our neighborhood or from our home are contributing factors. When we experience this, we are not able to live our healthiest lives. Where you live can increase the risk of stress. Long[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Create Healthy Communities

October 6, 2018

Where we live can greatly affect our health. It can increase our risk of health problems. It can make our health problems worse. People diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes face challenges when managing their disease. This is partially because of health inequities.  You might think that the only barrier to being healthy is not having[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: How Health Equity Benefits Our Communities

September 7, 2018

  Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, and is something we should strive for as a society. We all want to live our healthiest and happiest lives. We all want access to good food, health care, and safe spaces to live. That’s why it’s[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Provide health equity opportunities for your baby

January 20, 2018

Considering having a baby? Give your little one a fair chance at health equity! Health equity means that everyone has an equal opportunity at living their healthiest life. Every parent wants their child to live a happy and healthy life. That is why it is important to ask yourself whether your living situation is healthy[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: What are health disparities and what can you do to prevent them?

August 26, 2017

Health disparities can happen to anyone at any time in anyplace. A health disparity is when you experience a disadvantage or difference in access to health facilities and services because of your social, economic or environmental status. Now, what exactly does that mean? Let’s pull an example for each of these categories to better help[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Why should you care about Health Equity?

June 20, 2017

Why should you care about health equity? Well, for starters, health equity affects everyone! It means that everyone has a fair chance to be as healthy as they can be. It means breaking down barriers that “personal” factors like safety, housing, income, race and sex can create. Maintaining health equity means making sure everyone has[…..]

Go Red for Heart Health

February 26, 2014

Did you wear red on February 7th? If yes, you were part of a national movement to bring awareness to heart disease being the number one killer of women… yes, heart disease, not breast cancer or car accidents. For years, there was a perception that heart disease was an “old man’s disease.” Well, it sure[…..]