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The Health Equity Council has developed a variety of tools to use for various purposes to address health inequities. The following table outlines some of the ways that these tools can be used to assist with achieving the CDC’s Healthy People 2020 Goals, and capacity building or implementation with the federal government Affordable Care Act’s Community Transformation Grant (CTG). The CTG states, “Recipients will engage populations that are facing health disparities in a variety of settings to make the healthy choice the easy choice and ensure opportunities to make healthy choices.” The Council created this document containing tools to guide local efforts. The documents are available on the Health Equity Council website at https://www.chronicdisease.org/page/HealthEquityPrograms.
CASPER: Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response
Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices Supplement
This toolkit aids in assessing and enhancing cultural competence in your organization or community effort.
“There are numerous benefits to self-assessments. Such processes can lead to the development of a strategic organizational plan with clearly defined short-term and long-term goals, measurable objectives, identified fiscal and personnel resources, and enhanced consumer and community partnerships.”
Click here to learn more.
The Boston Public Health Commission’s Racial Justice and Health Equity
Initiative is a broad organizational transformation process, which aims
to integrate health equity and racial justice principles and practices into
all of the health department’s work, both internal and external, to
measurably reduce inequities in Boston. This document provides an
overview of the Racial Justice and Health Equity Initiative.
The Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal serves as a centralized source for public health data, resulting in:
- Improved public health decision making: Take advantage of high quality, accessible data and decision support tools.
- Healthier Iowans in healthier communities: Use data to perform thorough community health needs assessments and to create and implement impactful health improvement plans.
- Increased opportunities for funding: Use data to support grant applications and ensure secured funds are used on programs that provide the most value to Iowans.
- Better use of time and resources: Spend less time searching for data and more time using the data for valuable activities.
NACDD’S Health Equity Council (HEC) has developed a variety of tools and resources to aid public health professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders in their health equity efforts. We have also complied a list of useful resources.
We’ve grouped together a set of actions that local health departments can take to begin — or continue — advancing health equity internally in their department, across government, and/or with community partners. The actions are organized into the same four categories as the strategic practices you’ll find in our Health Equity Guide, although many of them cut across all the categories.
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.
Equitable Classroom Practices is a checklist of 27 specific, observable teacher behaviors that reflect culturally responsive teaching through examples to be adapted for other scenarios.
Take the time to name those people who helped you get to where you are today. To help, we’ll give you a few quick prompts – about the family, friends, influences, places, work colleagues and other sources of inspiration that made your life possible.
At the end, you’ll get a wonderful visualization of all the people who contributed to who you are today AND the opportunity to share it with them as a way of saying thanks.
This will take around ten minutes but don’t worry if you forget someone or need more time, you can always save where you are and update it later. Also, this is your dream team, not ours, so this data won’t be shared by anyone for any reason, period.
Get started here.
If you’d prefer to do this with pencil and paper, just download the prompts and blank form here.