Health Equity

Foundational Practices for Health Equity

The Foundational Practices for Health Equity: Learning and Action Tool for Public Health Organizations was developed by the Region V Social Determinants of Health Team of the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration. In November 2018 the Learning and Action Tool was transitioned from its host site at the Minnesota Department of Health to ASTHO’s website for broader distribution.

Go directly to this resource: Foundational Practices for Health Equity (PDF)

See also: WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health: Conceptual Framework (interactive learning tool). In this interactive learning tool, the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health Framework is explained in a practical way for multiple audiences. The tool can be used by both individuals and groups to better understand and use the framework in their practice to advance health equity. The Region V Social Determinants of Health Team acknowledges the assistance of Adam Judge and the de Beaumont Foundation in the development of this learning module.

About Foundational Practices for Health Equity

This learning and action tool was developed to assist state public health organizations to:

  • Introduce a set of foundational practices to advance health equity within an organization and with partners
  • Identify and document the organization’s current capabilities and practices against seven practices that provide a solid foundation for public health to advance health equity
  • Track improvements and changes in capabilities and practices

The learning and action tool begins with an overview of a framework developed by the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and the World Health Organization. This framework shows the connections between structural determinants of health and health outcomes.

There are distinct sections in the document that describe and define each foundational practice and guide the reader in assessing their organization’s engagement within it.