Learning the Lingo: Health Equity is for All of Us

2023 Ohio Conference on Service and Volunteerism  November 2, 2023, Westerville, Ohio

Title: Learning the Lingo: Health Equity is for All of Us  (Workshop 1C)

Description: Service to others should not only strengthen the community but also strengthen volunteers. We will offer strategies for personal and professional development to connect with partners to solve large community issues. Don’t let the term “health equity” make you think that it’s only related to the focus area of healthy futures. Whether you focus on education, health, economic opportunities, or environmental stewardship, this session is for everyone as we work towards strong communities.

Target Audience: General Audience

PowerPoint: Learning the Lingo: Health Equity is for All of Us



  • Patrice Powers-Barker, CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) – Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, powers-barker.1@osu.edu
  • Emilee Drerup – Program Director, OSU Extension Public Health AmeriCorps, drerup.23@osu.edu


Artiga, S., and Hinton, E. (2018). Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity. Kaiser Family Foundation. https://www.kff.org/racial-equity-and-health-policy/issue-brief/beyond-health-care-the-role-of-social-determinants-in-promoting-health-and-health-equity/

Dean, — Stacy, Regan, — Michael S., & Dillard, — Maria. (2022, November 16). Vital Conditions Framework. Health.Gov. https://health.gov/our-work/national-health-initiatives/equitable-long-term-recovery-and-resilience/framework

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References for Models and Infographs

Equality vs Equity in Healthcare: Both Are Important. (2021). Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies. https://cifs.health/backgrounds/equality-and-equity-in-healthcare/

Gauldin, K. (2020). Equity vs. Equality – Diversity in the Classroom. https://www.hand2mind.com/blog/equality-vs-equity-in-education

Healthy People 2030. Building a healthier future for all.  https://health.gov/healthypeople

Ndugga, N., and Artiga, S. (2023) Disparities in Health and Heath Care: 5 Key Questions and Answers. https://www.kff.org/racial-equity-and-health-policy/issue-brief/disparities-in-health-and-health-care-5-key-question-and-answers/

Social Determinants of Health. https://noahhelps.org/sdoh

Social Determinants of Health at CDC. (2022). https://www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants/index.htm

Thomas, O. (2021). What Is Health Equity and Why Is It So Important? Nationwide Children’s. https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2021/04/health-equity-why-important

University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 2022. www.countyhealthrankings.org.

“Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being.” ReThink Health, The Rippel Foundation, 10 Sept. 2019, www.rethinkhealth.org/about/#1.

What are the social determinants of health? (2022). National Academy of Medicine. https://nam.edu/programs/culture-of-health/young-leaders-visualize-health-equity/what-are-the-social-determinants-of-health/

What is Health Equity? (2022). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/whatis/index.html