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A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity – New from CDC and Prevention Institute

HealthEquityGuidecoverAll people and communities deserve equal opportunities to be healthy, but good health isn’t distributed evenly across our society. Low-income communities, particularly communities of color, are more likely to lack access to healthy foods, smoke-free air, and safe places to play and be active, and to be located near Superfund sites. These health inequities are an injustice – but they’re 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.

The guide was developed with the input and feedback of practitioners and researchers from across the United States, including technical reviewers from local health departments, community-based organizations, national organizations, and CDC subject matter experts. It includes dozens of case studies that showcase the great work being done by local health departments and coalitions.

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.