Members of California’s priority populations tend to be disadvantaged by a number of inequities that adversely affect them, leading to a constant burden of chronic stress. Stressors come in the form of racial discrimination, persistent poverty, inadequate housing, and poor education and unfair exposure to environmental toxins. Social injustices undermine health equity. Comprehensive approaches that advance racial equity, improve non-health outcomes, and support underserved communities are fundamental if we are to address existing inequities. Therefore, The LOOP is committed to supporting efforts to identify and build relationships with non-traditional partners, specifically those individuals, agencies, or organizations that are committed to improving the conditions in which people live, work, and play.
Definitions of “equity” and “underserved communities,” as provided by Exec. Order No. 13985 of January 20, 2021.
(a) The term “equity” means the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latinx, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
(b) The term “underserved communities” refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, as exemplified by the list in the preceding definition of “equity.”