Health Equity: What We Can Learn from the World

Solutions from abroad can inspire action for health equity in the United States.

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When it comes to advancing health equity, good ideas have no borders.

Like in the United States, countries around the world are grappling with how to make sure everyone in their communities has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.

Advancing health equity is emerging as a top priority for European nations, across the Americas, and in other countries like Singapore, Australia, and South Africa.

In the United States, we can look to examples of how our global counterparts are tackling equity in a variety of areas that affect health and well-being from poverty, to structural racism and colonialism, to gender inequality, to social injustice, to indigenous people’s rights.

We’re learning from these efforts, asking questions such as:

  • What programs and policies have worked in other countries? 

  • How are other nations measuring progress? 

Three reports offer insights, lessons, and solutions that we can adapt and learn from to advance health equity in the United States. RWJF supported development of the Healthy, Prosperous Lives for All and Learning from the World reports and will support implementation of recommendations in the Just Societies: Health Equity and Dignified Lives report.


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Achieving Health Equity

Good Ideas Have No Borders

Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions

When it comes to health, good ideas have no borders. To build a Culture of Health, we’ll need the best ideas that the world has to offer. That’s why we are actively learning about what’s working in other countries.

Are you a global learner?

Blue Marble Quiz

How do you learn from the rest of the world? 

Answer 12 short questions in our Blue Marble Quiz to explore where in the world your ideas come from.