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Health Equity vs. Health Equality

Oftentimes people use the words equity and equality interchangeably. To easily remember the difference, imagine that you're standing amongst a group of 30 people. Everyone in the group is given a size 9 pair of sneakers. While it's exciting to have been given free sneakers, there are only four people in group who are a size 9, therefore the majority of people won't be able to wear the sneakers. While the size 9 sneakers were equally distributed to everyone in the group, it wasn't equitable because not everyone wears that size. ​​

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