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Equity & Equality

Equity and equality? How different could they be? Significantly!

Visualizing Health Equity: One Size Does Not Fit All

Credit: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Equality is what we learn as kids—everyone gets a turn on the slide, everyone gets the same size piece of cake. In other words, resources are distributed equally.

Equity is distributing resources to meet the specific needs of an individual or group.

As demonstrated in the graphic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, equitable policies, programs, and interventions allocate resources in ways that respond to the distinct and existing advantages and disadvantages faced by different subgroups of a population. This approach provides equal opportunity for everyone to succeed.

At NIH, equity-focused programs such as targeted recruitment of under-represented groups help to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive scientific workforce.

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