The Health Disparities team is focused on identifying communities and individuals who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and other factors that could negatively impact the health of Collin County residents. Through the continual pursuit of strategic and sustainable partnerships with community leaders, organizations, and other stakeholders, Collin County's Health Disparities team is striving to improve the living conditions of low socioeconomic communities, homeless shelters, long-term care facilities, senior living facilities, in-patient mental health facilities, and Collin County as a whole.
Objectives and Activities
- Develop and implement information sharing and learning opportunities with targeted communities.
- Work with targeted communities to design an intervention aimed at addressing a community health issue identified through community engagement.
- Work with targeted communities to identify and document ideas on how to increase COVID-19 and influenza vaccination rates in targeted communities.
According to the National Institutes of Health, health disparities are the differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, burden of diseases, and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States.
Social Determinants of Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, social determinants of health are economic and social conditions that influence the health of people and communities (i.e. transportation, education, health care access, access to affordable nutritious foods, etc.).
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to "attain his or her full health potential" and 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.