The Health Equity Taskforce has been tasked with reducing disparities in health and its determinants that adversely affect excluded or marginalized groups in Spartanburg County.

what it means

Health Equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments and health care.

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In South Carolina, minorities bear a greater burden of many diseases and die at higher rates than whites.

2014 South Carolina Age-adjusted Cancer Death Rates (per 100,000)

259.7    Black male

202.4    White male

151.7    Black female

138.9    White female

2013-15 South Carolina Age-adjusted Diabetes Death Rate (per 100,000)

48.4    Black male

21.7    White male

37.6    Black female

13.4    White female

2015 South Carolina Age-adjusted Heart Disease Rate (per 100,000)

271.7    Black male

215.5    White male

162.9    Black female

128.9    White female

moving forward

Continuing conversations regarding the collection of relevant health equity data.

Engaging in dialogue with other Culture of Health communities to learn about their efforts to address health equity.

Training peer counselors to work within their own neighborhoods and become an integral part of local health equity work.