The first step in this assignment will be for you to read Elizabeth Fee and Ana Rita Gonzalez’s “The History of Health Equity: Concept and Vision,” in which they compare and contrast two influential definitions of health equity. One, by Margaret Whitehead, was published in “The Concepts and Principles of Equity and Health” in 1991. The other, by Paula A. Braveman, was published nearly 20 years later in “Health Disparities and Health Equity: The Issue is Justice.”
Based on Fee and Gonzalez’s descriptions of Whitehead’s and Braveman’s definitions, write one or two paragraphs (100 – 300 words total) in which you compare and contrast their definitions. The comparison and contrast might refer to different emphases, contexts of publication, and attention to differences (disparities) such as the ones between social classes, urban and rural populations, age, ethnicity, and race. You might consider also how terms such as equality, inequality, and disparity are important or not important for Whitehead and Braveman.
Do not use direct quotations. Instead, paraphrase material from Fee and Gonzalez’s article. I will deduct points if you copy and paste material from the article. Instead, paraphrase material by identifying key parts of the article that will help you to compare and contrast, and for each key part of the article form a concept in your mind about what the article says. Then put the concept into your own words. If you do this well, I will know that you have carefully read and understood your source.