Infrastructure, or the physical attributes of a community, forms the building blocks of a community. It’s not just roads and bridges. It encompasses the systems that connect us to essential services—from affordable energy to power our buildings, to clean running water in our faucets and reliable broadband to get online—as well as critical neighborhood amenities like good transit and quality parks.
The infrastructure that a community has shapes the opportunities for health and well-being available to the people who live, learn, work and play there. But a long legacy of discriminatory policies and structural racism has created inequities in who does and doesn’t have access to adequate infrastructure. We can build health equity by bolstering our infrastructure and ensuring we are all surrounded by conditions that enable us to live the healthiest life possible.