Why We Do It
Health Action exists to achieve equity and improve health and well-being for all in Sonoma County.
Equity is not the same as equality.
Equality means that everyone gets the same thing.
Equity means that everyone gets what they need to have equal opportunities.
Inequity is bad for our health as a community. Study after study demonstrates that good health depends on much more than access to medical care. Health is affected by a broad set of factors from genetics to behavior to community conditions.
What Goes Into Your Health
40% Socioeconomic Factors: Education; Job Status; Family; Social Support; Income; Community Safety
10% Physical Environment
30% Health Behaviors: Tobacco Use; Diet & Exercise; Alcohol Use; Sexual Activity
20% Health Care: Access to Care; Quality of Care
A Portrait of Sonoma County, a 2014 report that looked at differences in health, education, and income by neighborhood, race/ethnicity, and gender, revealed that there is as much as a 10-year difference in life expectancy between people in different Sonoma County neighborhoods just a few miles apart.
Roseland, Zipcode 95407
Life Expectancy 76
Bennett Valley, Zipcode 95405
Life Expectancy 86
Research shows that the most significant long-term impact we can make on individual and community health is through progress on housing, poverty, and education. No single organization can make significant improvements in these complex areas. Bringing about change requires collaboration and support across the entire community. Health Action mobilizes people, partnerships, and resources toward achieving shared goals of greater equity and better health and well-being for all in Sonoma County.