School environments, level of education, and access to high-paying jobs are all factors affecting wealth and health that can compound across entire communities. Inequities in opportunities contribute to the continued widening of gaps in wealth and health between underserved communities and wealthier ones.
Strategies to address disparities in opportunity:
Improve the school learning experience in low-income neighborhoods
Ensure that all children have the tools, resources, and support they need to learn, thrive, and lead healthy lives — for example, by enacting school wellness policies and improving broadband access.
Make schools safe, equitable places to learn
Avoid unfairly penalizing students who live in poor neighborhoods or who have health, learning, or psychosocial challenges — for example, by implementing trauma-informed school discipline or restorative justice policies.
Ensure access to food and medical care
Ensure access to good nutrition and health care, starting at conception. Develop strategies to improve access to healthy food.
Resources for Change
Disparities in opportunity can happen within institutions or in the wider community; solutions must be scaled and focused accordingly.
Overcoming disparities in opportunity often means creating collaborative partnerships that bring complementary strengths and a diversity of perspectives to the table.
Nourishing Health Equity: A New Jersey Health Care System Tackles Food Insecurity
New Jersey's largest health care system confronts the root causes of food insecurity by focusing on community assets, leveraging federal benefits, building residents’ capacity to make change, and exploring policy options.
For more ways to uproot the drivers of health inequity, download our updated guide, Strategies for Equitable Policymaking, which offers legal and policy strategies to create systemic change.GET STARTED