Why Equity Matters. Health is the first form of wealth.

Starting in Baltimore, Equity Matters seeks for America to become a place of equity and fundamental justice where all people have a fair oppourtunity to thrive.

Equity Matters, Inc. seeks to build a social movement of citizens, community organizations, public officials, government agency employees, students, business, and faith leaders to demand and promote fair access to the social, economic, and political resources and opportunities necessary for maximum individual and community well-being.


Equity Matters is primarily focused on promoting health equity through the elimination of the avertable death and disease and through the promotion of health in all policies. The organization is committed to eliminating health inequities by addressing their root causes that are social, political, and economic in nature. We refer to these systemic root causes as social determinants of health (SDOH).

Social conditions are the fundamental determinants of health and disparities, and there is a graded relationship between social position and health status that affects people at all levels of the social hierarchy—and this is both unnatural and preventable. In fact 40-70% of Health Disparities in the US are caused by SDOH driven inequities. This suggests that the principal way to reduce health disparities is to focus research and policy on systematic forces.

Through Equity Matters, we represent the Baltimore Team of the Place Matters Initiative. Place Matters is a nationwide, locally centered, Health Equity Movement learning community initiative of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute. Equity Matters has evolved out of this Place Matters work that focuses on developing place-based regional and municipal strategies to promote health equity, rooted in an SDOH framework.

The Baltimore Place Matters Team, a diverse collection of community organizations, public, quasi-public, and private agencies is committed to a collaborative approach toward furthering the Health Equity Movement. Through work with policymakers, public and private organizations, and local citizens, we seek to engender a new paradigm of thought that promotes health equity and the elimination of health inequities while using the framework of the Social Determinants of Health.