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 exercises, multiple webinars from leaders in the public health field on topics related to healthy equity and case studies that highlight efforts throughout the U.S. to address some of the root causes of health inequities.

A Healthy Foundation: Health Equity Training
This training, originally designed by CommonHealth ACTION  for APHA Affiliate leaders, will help users better understand health equity through detailed presentation and hands on exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and demonstrate knowledge of health equity, health inequalities and social determinants of health.
  • Mobilize leaders to engage in policy, systems and environmental change activities in support of health equity.
  • Leverage partnerships and cross sector collaborations to advance health equity
  • Identify at least two methods or strategies to increase health equity in local communities.

Please note: This training has been separated into three parts due to the size of the file.

Health Equity Training Part 1
Health Equity Training part 2
Health Equity Training part 3

Better Health Through Equity: Case Studies in Reframing Public Health Work
This resource highlights state and local efforts from health agencies and one Tribal Nation across Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin to address the root causes of health inequities. Those root causes include racism and unequal distribution and access to resources such as a living wage, health care and quality education and housing. The report features the stories of the health agencies as they shifted their thinking and their work from focusing on health disparities to advancing health equity.

Health Equity webinar
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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The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. The following series of webinars, developed by APHA, looks at racism’s impact on health and disparities:

  • Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer
    This kick-off webinar featuring APHA’s executive director, president and president-elect will take a look at some of the nation’s leading health inequities. APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika will discuss how racism is one of the most challenging tools of social stratification we face when trying to improve the health of the public. She also will reflect on the evidence and research needs related to how racism limits our ability to make America the healthiest nation. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones will tell the Gardener’s Tale and present a framework for understanding racism on three levels. This framework is useful for understanding the basis for race-associated differences in health, designing effective interventions to eliminate those differences and engaging in a national conversation.
  • No Safety, No Health: A Conversation About Race, Place and Preventing Violence
    Community violence is a preventable public health issue and shaped by many factors, including racism. Violence impacts our overall health and well-being and prevents communities from realizing their full potential. Hear from APHA Past President Linda Degutis, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Howard Pinderhughes of UC San Francisco, Policy Link, and the Prevention Institute for an important discussion about race, place and preventing violence. We’ll explore the role of public health in preventing this epidemic and the value of engaging many sectors in the solution
  • Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care
    The Affordable Care Act has led to expansions in health insurance coverage. But racial and ethnic minorities still are more likely to have unequal access, receive poorer quality care and have worse health outcomes. These health disparities threaten our nation’s health. Join APHA Past President and social justice advocate Linda Rae Murray, Brian Smedley, co-founder and executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity and Michelle van Ryn, director of the Research Program on Equity and Quality in Healthcare Encounters for a timely discussion. They’ll talk about how the levels of racism play out within the health care system, unconscious bias in health care and what’s being done to address those inequities to improve the public’s health.
  • Racism” The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities
    Across this country, more than 50 million students will attend public elementary and high schools this fall. Yet only two-thirds of African American and fewer than three-quarters of Latino students will graduate on time. Also, more than half of all students attending public school live in poverty. Barriers to high school graduation are a key public health concern because high school graduation is a leading indicator of healthy adult behaviors and health status. APHA Past President Adewale Troutman will lead this timely discussion on the significance of high school graduation to health disparities. And Robert Murphy, former teacher, assistant principal and dropout prevention specialist, will examine how current policies and practices in educational systems disproportionately impact students of color and ultimately contribute to disproportionate dropout rates. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones will speak about residential segregation, the educational achievement gap and action steps related to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Join public health leaders in as they examine their role in providing the leadership to improve high school graduation rates and dismantling the policies and practices that undermine educational success and health.

With Health and Justice for All