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Behavioral Health Equity is the right to access quality health care for all populations regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or geographical location (SAMHSA, 2020). In prevention, this means improving access to services for those community members most affected by substance use problems. This document provides definitions for the most common terms used in discussing why health equity matters in prevention. For more in-depth learning, read the reference list provided.

Download the Basic Health Equity Terminology for Prevention Handout (pdf)