Health Equity

Health Equity Webinars

With the support of the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team, an initiative led by the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, itself a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, ASTHO co-hosted a series of webinars in 2016 to highlight examples of state health equity programs. This webinar series created a collaborative and learning environment to highlight current practices and innovative strategies for this Health in all Policies initiatives across sectors and at different levels of government.

Public Health Department Accreditation to Advance Health for All

Aug. 4, 2017

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with funding and support from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/OSTLTS) and the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, convened a webinar on Public Health Department Accreditation and Healthy Equity. ASTHO is committed to assisting state, territorial, and freely associated health agencies in their efforts to advance optimal health for all. ASTHO also partners with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) to support states who seek to become accredited. Health equity is emphasized throughout version 1.5 of the PHAB Standards and Measures and is a major priority for public agencies at all levels.

The purpose of this webinar was to:

  • Demonstrate the importance of health equity to Public Health Department Accreditation.
  • Provide examples of how state health agencies have used their health equity activities to support accreditation and how accreditation has helped leverage health equity work within state health agencies.
  • Describe federal leadership on Public Health Department Accreditation and health equity.

During the webinar, participants learned from:

  • Robin Wilcox, MPA, Chief Program Officer, Public Health Accreditation Board
  • Liza Corso, Senior Advisor for Public Health Practice and Accreditation with the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP, Commissioner State Health Officer, West Virginia
  • Kristin Sullivan, MA, Manager, Public Health Systems Improvement, Connecticut Department of Health
  • Webinar recording
  • Wilcox webinar slides
  • Corso webinar slides
  • Gupta webinar slides
  • Sullivan webinar slides

PRC and Public Health Partnerships to Improve Access to Nutrition in Communities

Mar. 21, 2017

ASTHO and CDC convened a webinar highlighting how Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) and public health partnerships are reducing health inequities by implementing nutrition policies and programs that increase access to healthy food in low-socioeconomic communities. Presenters from Ohio discussed Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP), a partnership between Case Western Reserve University PRC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (Snap-ED) and the Department of Health focused on improving nutrition policies and implementing programs that increase access to healthy foods in low income communities. The webinar also highlighted how Feeding America is improving national nutrition policies by analyzing barriers to access of fresh produce in foodbanks and implementing nationwide healthy food policies for fresh produce distribution.

 

Public Health Nurses' Role in Promoting Health Equity: Opportunities for States

Dec. 13, 2016

As part of its ongoing work to advance health equity, ASTHO hosted a one-hour webinar highlighting successful public health initiatives to improve health equity in partnership with the Association of Public Health Nurses. The webinar highlighted the involvement of selected Public Health Nurse (PHN) leaders in promoting health equity in various initiatives and programs of national significance; illustrated the significant role of the public health nurse in identifying and improving social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and promote health behaviors; and demonstrated how state and local public health can utilize the experience, knowledge and skills of PHNs in promoting health equity and a Culture of Health.

In Health Matters, Place Matters - The Health Opportunities Index (HOI)

April 28, 2016  

Speakers from the Virginia Department of Health Office of Minority Health, including the Director, the Health Professional Shortage Designations and Geographic Information Systems Manager, and the Social Epidemiologist, spoke about the development and deployment of the Health Opportunities Index (HOI), a hierarchically modeled index that uses over thirty variables to build a picture of whether a community has access to healthcare and health-related options, such as sidewalks, healthy food, and jobs. The index shows a strong correlation between place and health outcomes.

Voice Your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative

March 30, 2016 

The Voice Your Vision Initiative is a collaborative project between the New York State Department of Health and numerous community partners meant to bring communities into the conversation about health disparities and involve them in the problem-solving process. This webinar brought together representatives from several of the groups involved, including both the Director and the Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention at the New York State Department of Health, the Dean of the Esteves School of Education at the Sage College of New York, the Director of the Cultural Competence and Diversity Initiative at Coordinated Care Services Incorporated, and the Digital Media Specialist and Program Coordinator for the Central Library of Rochester ImagineYOU teen digital media program, to discuss the initiative and some of the findings of their conversations with community members.

Rhode Island: Health Equity Zones

Jan. 28, 2016 

Representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Health, including the Executive Director, the Chief of the Office of Minority Health, and the Associate Director of the Division of Community Health were invited to discuss two of the Ocean State’s place-based community health initiatives, the Centers for Health and Wellness (CHEW) and Health Equity Zones (HEZ). Both of these initiatives focus on small geographic areas and ask members from multiple segments of the community what community changes would improve their health. Both are based on a model that emphasizes community-wide changes that require little individual effort but have a large impact on the community.

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ASTHO and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities also co-hosted a series of webinars in 2014 to support the integration of health equity in programs, policies, and practices. See the recordings and slide decks of those webinars below.

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Promoting Behavioral Health Equity through the California Reducing Disparities Project and Office of Health Equity

Sept. 15, 2014

This webinar discussed the policy levers and partnerships that support the California Office of Health Equity and the California Reducing Disparities Project, as well as the strategies, resources, and tools that the California Reducing Disparities Project has used to promote health equity in the state. The California Reducing Disparities Project is a statewide policy initiative led by the Office of Health Equity to identify solutions for historically underserved communities around behavioral health.

Community Health Workers: Part of the Solution for Advancing Health Equity; Perspectives and Initiatives from the Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (Region IX)

Sept. 3, 2014

The Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (Region IX) and ASTHO hosted a webinar highlighting case studies that demonstrated the value and impact of community health workers (CHWs) on health disparities and how this documented value of CHWs can assist in educating and informing the work of policymakers, payers, and other critical audiences. The webinar highlighted Region IX/RHEC’s focus on CHWs role in enhancing health equity and addressing the social determinants of health, discuss the history and current landscape of CHW practices in the region’s states and territories, and discuss recommendations on how to build and sustain a regional system of support for CHWs and organizations that utilize CHWs.

Minnesota's Healthy Minnesota Partnership and Health Equity in All Policies Approach

Aug. 22, 2014

The Healthy Minnesota Partnership is an example of a state health agency transforming their approach to integrate health equity through a state-wide partnership between community partners and the Minnesota Department of Health. In this webinar, speakers discussed the policy levers and partnerships that led to the creation of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership and the Legislative Report on Health Equity as well as the strategies, resources, and tools implemented through these initiatives to promote health equity in the state of Minnesota.

Empowering Community Members to Advance Health Equity: Building Capacity through Innovative Training Models

Aug. 20, 2014

The Regional Health Equity Council (Region X) and ASTHO hosted a webinar which addressed leadership capacity building in health equity and the importance of community health advisors. Participants learned about two novel approaches that are focused on building capacity to address health inequities. The DELTA (Developing Equity Leadership through Training and Action) program is a comprehensive health equity and inclusion leadership program that strategically provides training, coaching, and consultation to key health, community, and policy leaders in Oregon. The Idaho Refugee Community Health Advisor program applies a culturally specific and trauma informed approach to increase access to health systems by training refugee community members as health navigators.

Community Health Workers: Part of the Solution for Advancing Health Equity; Perspectives and Initiatives from Region 1

Aug. 5, 2014

The New England Regional Health Equity Council and ASTHO hosted a webinar titled Community Health Workers (CHWs): Part of the Solution for Advancing Health Equity; Perspectives and Initiatives from Region 1. This webinar discussed key partnerships and collaborations between CHWs, allies, and other stakeholders as we continue to build a regional network to facilitate sharing of CHW workforce promising practices and policy development. Speakers discussed the history and evolution of regional collaboration on CHWs in New England; highlighted the experience of one state's involvement in building support and policy for CHWs, and focused on recommendations on how to build regional networks elsewhere.

Massachusetts’ Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: Policy and Administrative Initiatives to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity

July 25, 2014

The Massachusetts Legislature established the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (the Trust) in 2012 to challenge communities across the state to reduce health care costs by preventing chronic conditions. The Trust supports community-based partnerships including municipalities, healthcare systems, businesses, regional planning organizations, and schools. In this webinar, speakers discussed the policy levers and partnerships that led to the creation of the Trust, as well as the strategies, resources, and tools implemented through the Trust to promote health equity in the state of Massachusetts.

Maryland's Health Enterprise Zones: Policy and Administrative Initiatives to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity

June 23, 2014

Maryland ranks as one of the top three states with the highest median household income and boasts several of the nation’s top medical schools as well as the 5th lowest smoking rate. However, health disparities have remained static in Maryland because existing programs were not reaching the communities with the highest health burdens. This webinar discussed the steps Maryland took to address these issues through the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council’s Health Disparities Workgroup. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene collaborated with the governor’s workgroup to develop recommendations that led to the passing of the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act which created the policy framework to establish and implement the Health Enterprise Zones Initiative.