A UBC researcher says the COVID-19 outbreak provides a distinct example of how different populations are differentially affected by health issues.
Katrina Plamondon, assistant professor in UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing and IHLCDP Associate, studies and looks for ways to support global health equity. Achieving health equity, she says, is about creating a world where regardless of where a person is born or lives, all people can reach their full potential.
“Health equity is something to strive for, it’s an aspiration,” she explains. “In a world of health equity, life trajectories aren’t determined by race, class, education or other unearned social disadvantages.”
Today, as the world struggles through COVID-19, it’s clear that at local, regional, and national levels, the world still has a long way to toward health equity, says Plamondon.
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