Achieving health equity requires eliminating preventable health inequities by addressing social determinants of health such as socioeconomic status, education, environment, geography, housing, food security, gender, race, age and access to care.
Health inequities are compounded by the intersections of different social determinants. Achieving optimal health requires understanding how different social factors overlap and affect health outcomes; only then can we improve health and health outcomes for individuals and communities.
MATTER works with companies and organizations to address access to, and affordability and quality of, care in the following areas of health equity. As we continue our health equity work, we will identify and innovate in new areas, as well.
Empowering older adults to live longer, healthier lives
Addressing the health inequities caused by rapid climate change and other environmental factors
Understanding how where someone lives and the surrounding environment affects their health and care
Addressing the queer community’s health needs and connecting them to LGBTQ+ friendly providers
Improving health and health outcomes for people of color
Bridging the gender health gap and addressing the health needs of women+
We’re on a mission to make healthcare more human-centered, accessible and equitable. We partner with organizations across the healthcare ecosystem to address health inequities and advance health equity.
“Health equity, at the most basic level, means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as they can be. What does that mean in practice? It means that we, broadly as a society, think about the obstacles to health. That includes racism, poverty, discrimination, when people don’t have a voice and when they don’t have access to housing or economic and educational opportunities. We call these root causes the social determinants of health, and, in some ways, they end up having an even larger impact on health equity than access to healthcare itself.”
“Right now, there is an enormous economic disparity as it relates to wealth dispersion, or the equal access to financial opportunity in America. One symptom of that is the health disparities that exist in our community, which is why it was important for us to partner with MATTER to launch [the Health Equity Innovation Accelerator].”
“Through the [Loyola Chicago Health Equity Quest], we have learned that Loyola Chicago is at the forefront of the intersection of health equity and climate change in the U.S. We purposefully challenged innovators from across industries to shine a light on the need for innovation in this space, and we close out this program optimistic for the future and the progress that will continue to be made.”