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Health Equity Resources


Health Equity
This toolkit provides resources to help users better understand health equity, health inequalities, and the social determinants of health. Information on how communities can work towards addressing existing issues is provided through a combination of presentations, resources, and hands-on practice. Resources within this toolkit include a training with interactive exercises and multiple webinars and case studies from public health leaders that highlight efforts throughout the U.S. to address some of the root causes of health inequities.

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Plan4Health: Ensuring Health Equity through Community Engagement

This webinar will introduce principles of community engagement, including strategies for identifying community priorities and outreach tactics that incorporate a lens of health equity. This session will build on the health equity concepts from our December webinar as well as provide an introduction to cultural competency.

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Making Health Equity a Priority
This webinar discusses health equity and project development. What are the challenges and opportunities of applying a lens of health equity? How do we continue to keep health equity at the center of our work? View slides.

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Individual and Neighborhood Determinants of Health Inequalities in California’s Central Valley
This webinar highlights the work being done in the San Joaquin Valley, CA. The National Collaborative for Health Equity in partnership with members from our San Joaquin Valley PLACE MATTERS Team highlight the work being done in the San Joaquin Valley, CA.

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Health Equity
This webinar discusses health equity and project implementation. What are the challenges and opportunities of applying a health equity lens during implementation? How do we continue to keep health equity at the center of our work?

Featured speakers include:

  • Anna Ricklin, Manager of the Planning and Community Health Center at the American Planning Association
  • Shawn McIntosh, Project Manager at the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association

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Making Connections for a Healthier Iowa
Healthy kids are better prepared to learn, a healthy workforce is more productive, and healthy communities thrive. Yet we know that much of what contributes to the health of our communities is affected by sectors other than public health and health care.

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Implementing Community Strategies For Engagement & Sustainability To Advance Health Equity
This webinar provided strategies on tailoring community health initiatives to address health inequities and enhance sustainability, including how to practice authentic community engagement. Presenters shared steps for identifying and overcoming barriers and unintended consequences that priority populations may face from community interventions. Presenters also shared tips for keeping health equity at the forefront of decision-making among stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how authentic community engagement strategies are established and maintained to benefit priority populations
  • Describe unintended consequences that may be experienced by priority populations
  • Ensure that health equity is at the forefront of designing and planning community health initiatives

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APHA: Health Equity
This dedicated section on health equity on APHA’s website includes resources from both APHA and external sources.

Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Racial Equity Resource Guide
The Racial Equity Resource Guide is designed to cater to you. Learn how you can create a fully personalized or customized set of resources that fit you or your organization’s needs.

Social Determinants of Health: Know What Effects Health
This website provides CDC resources for SDOH data, tools for action, programs, and policy. They may be used by people in public health, community organizations, and health care systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being.

The Social Determinants of Health for Planners: Live, Work, Play, Learn!
The California Planning Roundtable Healthy Communities Work Group identified the SDOH as a priority concept for the planners’ toolbox. As such, the Work Group formed a Social Determinants of Health
Subcommittee that includes non-CPR members who bring expertise on the subject and ample
knowledge and leadership. Together, we have prepared this paper to advance understanding
of this important concept among the planning community and beyond.

A Practitioners Guide for Advancing Health Equity
Guide focused on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play.

Public Health and Equity: Promote Environmental Justice and Equity Principles in Transportation Policy
Transportation decisions affect our individual lives, economy and health. Every day, diverse populations are impacted by traffic fatalities, injuries and other negative health impacts as a result of poor and inequitable transportation decisions made in their communities.

Active Transportation: Benefitting Health, Safety and Equity
Active transportation includes non-motorized transportation options such as walking and biking, and is ideally linked with transit networks. Making active transportation a realistic, affordable and convenient option for all transportation users would help reduce health impacts and also promote physical activity, recreation, and environmental preservation. Well-connected streets with safe pedestrian and bicyclist paths and infrastructure can promote a healthy and active lifestyle for everyone.

Fair Play: Advancing Equity Through Shared Use
This fact sheet can help public health advocates and shared use practitioners increase opportunities for physical activity in the neighborhoods that need those opportunities most. It provides tips and strategies for developing shared use with an equity focus.

White House Discussions: How We Achieve Health Equity in Our Lifetime
The event, “Where the Curve Ends: Health Equity in Our Lifetime,” commemorated National Minority Health Month, but included conversations outside the traditional health sector lens. In addition to APHA, leaders from the National Congress of American Indians, the White House Council on Women and Girls and faith-based entities joined the roundtable discussion to discuss how public health works in their communities. As Gracia said, “Sometimes we get stuck on the disparities and thinking that they’re intractable and they’re not. We still need to break down silos and that’s why we’re here today.” More…

What Are Health Disparities and Health Equity? We Need to Be Clear
Health disparities” and “health equity” have become increasingly familiar terms in public health, but rarely are they defined explicitly. Ambiguity in the definitions of these terms could lead to misdirection of resources. This article discusses the need for greater clarity about the concepts of health disparities and health equity, proposes definitions, and explains the rationale based on principles from the fields of ethics and human rights.

Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development
This resource aims to build on past successes and offer low-income, minority, tribal, and overburdened communities approaches to shape development that respond to their needs and reflect their values. It provides a menu of land use and community design strategies that bring together smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development principles and that community-based organizations, local and regional decision-makers, developers, and others can use to revitalize their communities.

Community Participation in Health Impact Assessments: A National Evaluation
This evaluation offers new data related to community participation in the United States-based practice of Health Impact Assessment (HIA). The findings are intended to inform the work of HIA practitioners, but are relevant to all researchers and organizations intending to authentically engage community members in addressing policy, program, or planning solutions, as well as funders of HIA or similar types of community-based participatory research. This evaluation is the first study of its kind to assess:

  • Impact of community participation on HIA values of democracy and health equity, as measured through civic agency
  • Impact of community participation on the success of an HIA

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Equity and HIA Webinar
An interactive webinar that introduces the theoretical underpinnings for an equity-focused approach to HIA practice. Participants learn measurable ways to integrate equity into each step of an HIA, as described in the Equity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice, and discuss how an intentional focus on equity changes the approach to conducting an HIA and those engaged in the process.

Equity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice
The SOPHIA Equity Working Group collaborated in a consensus process to develop this set of process and outcome metrics related to promoting equity through HIA. These metrics provide more detail to the HIA Practice Standards5 regarding the incorporation of equity into HIA practice.

Promoting Equity Through HIA
Primer describing strategies that practitioners can take to ensure that the value of equity be meaningfully incorporated into HIA.

Guidance and Best Practices for Stakeholder Participation – 2012
This guide distills stakeholder participation techniques, case studies, and guiding principles from various fields of expertise, including HIA, environmental and social impact assessment, land use and transportation planning, community-based participatory research, and public health.

Roles for Collaborators
Examples of roles for collaborators in the HIA process.

Tools and Materials for Stakeholder Engagement

Implementing Systems Level Change for Health Equity: A Partnership Summit
The report includes a brief summary of the event and summaries of each session, as well as, conclusions and recommendations, and more.


“Our Momement” – 2015 Equity Summit Opening Video
Produced by Wyatt Closs and Big Bowl of Ideas, this short video is a powerful rendering of a pivotal national moment. Emerging equity leaders are proving that the future health and prosperity of this country hinges on our ability to address the needs of all.