Evidence to Action Reports

Pursue environmental sustainability and health equity together

Social determinants of health profoundly shape individuals' susceptibility to environmental risks. People living in areas of higher deprivation, often burdened by additional systematic inequalities such as racism and discrimination, bear a disproportionate burden of environmental hazards and face barriers to accessing essential healthcare resources.

Pursuing environmental sustainability alongside health equity in research endeavors allows for a comprehensive examination of how social determinants intersect with environmental challenges to influence health inequalities. By addressing these root causes collectively, interventions and policies can not only mitigate environmental harm but also dismantle structural barriers and reduce health inequalities.