Equitable distribution of resources, opportunities, and privileges within a society.
Range of a person's individual attributes, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, language, socioeconomic status, physical ability or attributes, religion, ethical values, geographic origin, veteran status, educational background, neurocognitive functioning, family structures, and political beliefs. Includes perspectives related to both these individual attributes and life experiences.
Inclusion means that everyone's inherent worth and dignity are recognized and that everyone’s involvement is respected. An inclusive community promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, talents, and challenges of its members.
These categories reflect social advantage or disadvantage when they determine an individual’s or group’s position in a social hierarchy. They are likely to reinforce social disadvantage and vulnerability. Disparities in health and its determinants are the metric for assessing health equity, the principle underlying a commitment to reducing disparities in health and its determinants.