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Why your zip code matters

What is health equity? Health equity means everyone has the opportunity to reach their full health potential.

Health starts where we live, learn, work and play. Our income, education, housing and transportation create opportunities or barriers to health. Health should not be determined by zip code, income, race or any other factor. Healthy choices should be convenient choices for everyone in Pierce County.

How can we work together to achieve health equity?

We can improve the social, economic and environmental conditions that affect health through:

  • Communities of Focus.
  • Concentrating efforts and resources on communities with opportunity for health improvement. Get involved (98404, 98439, 98394).
  • Health in All Policies.
  • All policies in Pierce County should consider health.
  • Health Equity Technical Support.
  • Health equity implementation support for staff and partners. Email Health Equity Support at

Health Equity Assessment

In 2015, the Health Department released the Health Equity Assessment. This report looks at health outcomes, population groups and root causes in Pierce County. Learn more:

Find your neighborhood on one of our 70 maps.

Learn more and find out how you can collaborate with us, email Health Equity at


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