Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his or her full health potential.

According the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it also means that no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Health inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment.

Promoting health equity across multiple factors, such as income and socioeconomic status, geographic access, and race/ethnicity is an essential component of oral health improvement that is socially just and improves the oral health of all.  Therefore, school-linked oral health programs should focus on traditionally underrepresented or disenfranchised populations and raise awareness about these in their communities.

How to Apply a Health Equity and Social Justice Lens