Friday, January 17, 2014

New Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners


Meeting in sessionHealth inequities are preventable by definition. Prevention Institute and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have just released a new tool to help public health practitioners work at the community level to tackle health inequities.  A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity is a new resource designed to help public health practitioners advance health equity through community prevention strategies. While health disparities can be addressed at multiple levels, this guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play. It is designed for those who are new to the concept of health equity, as well as those who are already working to create equitable environments.

You'll find:

  • Tips to help you and your colleagues build organizational capacity; develop partnerships; foster meaningful engagement; and design and evaluate equity-oriented strategies.
  • Strategies, based in evidence and honed by practice, that are designed to reduce health disparities and create healthy communities for all.
  • Information about potential barriers and unintended consequences that can hinder chronic disease prevention efforts.
  • Examples of successful equity-oriented approaches to improving public health and reducing disparities, drawn from communities across the country.

Download and read A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity here

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