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Health Equity Resources


Download the Division of Health Equity Toolkit to promote public awareness and education related to health inequities in your community.

  • "A New Way to Talk About Social Determinants of Health - A way to create more compelling, effective and persuasive messages that resonate across the political spectrum.
  • “A Time of Opportunity: Local solutions to reduce inequities in health and safety”- Presented to the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Disparities in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May 2009. Help in making the paradigm shift from health disparities to health inequities and why it is necessary.
  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Children's Health: A Cliff Analogy - Tree dimensions of health intervention to help people who are falling off of the cliff of good health: providing health services, addressing the social determinants of health, and addressing the social determinants of equity.
  • Advancing Health Equity in Virginia Social Network
  • Asset-Based Community Development Institute - ABCD and its affiliated faculty have created a library of community building workbooks, published scholarly articles, books, and chapters oriented to an array of audiences, and developed training curricula and other materials associated with the asset-based community development approach.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 136 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veteran Affairs medical centers; and 93 academic and scientific societies.
  • Civil Rights Resolution Agreement - Following a complaint investigation or compliance review, OCR sometimes determines if it is necessary to negotiate resolution agreements requiring covered entities to revise their policies, practices and procedures to comply with Federal civil rights laws.  These agreements can be far-reaching, statewide agreements that call for a systemic change in the way a state does business, or they may cover a single healthcare provider or hospital.
  • Health Equity and Prevention Primer - With guidance from state and local health department staff and nationally-recognized health equity experts, The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) was developed to serve as an online learning tool, consisting of an equity-focused curriculum and collection of resources to build the knowledge and capacity of practitioners to incorporate health equity into their work. The Primer is comprised of seven brief, interactive presentations along with selected publications, tools, and other resources focused on health equity.
  • Health Literacy Consulting - Helps individuals and organizations communicate health information in ways patients, families, and employees can understand
  • Healthy Development Measurement Tool: An evidence-based practice to consider public health objectives in land use planning (San Francisco Department of Health)
  • Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project Monograph
  • The Community Tool Box: Promoting community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources
  • The Road to Health Toolkit in Spanish: Kit El camino hacia la buena salud 
  • The Solid Facts - A report from the World Health Organization summarizing the major SDOHs and their impacts on health, 2003

Advocacy

Commission Reports on Health Equity

Cultural competency and Anti-Oppression Resources/Tool

  • American Medical Association (AMA), Organizational assessment toolkit:  “Improving communication—improving care”:  the AMA Ethical Force program toolkit

    1. Intended to help health care organizations meet the needs of a diverse patient population.
    2. Assesses how effectively the organization communicates
    3. Can help organizations improve communication with all patient
    4. Questions focus on common communication problems, such as culture, language and health literacy gaps.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 145,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.American Medical Association (AMA), Organizational assessment toolkit:  “Improving communication—improving care”:  the AMA Ethical Force program toolkit.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 136 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veteran Affairs medical centers; and 93 academic and scientific societies
  • Conducting a Cultural Competence Self-Assessment - A tool for an organizational audit of cultural competence in health care
    1. Helps validate organizational understanding of the ethnic and cultural composition of its patient and employee populations
    2. May hope to ensure access to appropriate treatment and effective communication
    3. May reveal opportunities for the organization to make itself more attractive to diverse populations
    4. Can demonstrate that the organization values diversity
  • Cultural competency and Anti-Oppression Resources/Tool  - The ClasActVirginia.org tool is a web-based resource guide designed to help health care providers meet the needs of Virginia's changing demographics. Several search options are available to quickly refine your search among the numerous resources housed in the CLAS website. By entering a keyword, the year of publication, or the target population of interest into the search engine, you can easily find useful articles, websites, organizations and documents relevant to specific CLAS-related issues
  • National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. Major emphasis is placed on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration, education and advocacy. The NCCC is a component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and is housed within the Department of Pediatrics of the Georgetown University Medical.
  • Office of Minority Health - created in 1986 and is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. The Office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. OMH was reauthorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148).
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 136 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veteran Affairs medical centers; and 93 academic and scientific societies.
  • The Cross Cultural Health Care Program - Primarily a training and consulting organization supported by a wide array of multilingual publications available for purchase through our online store, CCHCP endeavors to enhance the abilities of health professionals to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care.
  • The Cultural Competence Self Assessment Protocol for Health Care Organizations and Systems 1. Intended for use by health care providers, including hospitals and clinics, to conduct organizational assessments of their cultural competence.
    2. Particularly useful for services involving racially and ethnically diverse populations.
    3. Questions are organized according to four cornerstones of cultural competence: a) health care organization's relationship with its community; b) the administration and management's relationship with staff; c) inter-staff relationships at all levels; d) the patient/enrollee-provider encounter.
  • The HRET toolkit - A web-based tool that provides hospitals, health systems, clinics, and health plans information and resources for systematically collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language data from patients. Registration is free.  Development of the toolkit included input from a National Advisory Panel
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -   The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

Education

  • Early Childhood Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign in collaboration with many colleagues representing diverse cultural and linguistic roots the CLAS Early Childhood Research Institute collects and describes early childhood/early intervention resources that have been developed across the U.S. for children with disabilities and their families and the service providers who work with them. The materials and resources available on this site reflect the intersection of culture and language, disabilities and child development. Through this site we intend to inform consumers (e.g., practitioners, families, and researchers) about materials and practices that are available and the contexts in which they might select a given material or practice. Parts of the site can also be read in Spanish. We hope you will find the collection and resources helpful and share it with friends and colleagues.
  • Kellogg Health Scholars Program - This program develops new leadership in the effort to reduce and eliminate health disparities and to secure equal access to the conditions and services essential for achieving healthy communities.

FEMA

Health Care

Health Equity News

Federal and State Government Resources

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Interventions

  • CDC's Healthy Communities Program - The centers for disease control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners are working together to create healthy thriving communities across the United States by reducing chronic diseases and attaining Health Equity through training, mentorship, dissemination of effective models, and investments in communities that jump-start local change. These population-based change strategies have been found to be an effective approach to improving the health of communities.
  • Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool (ENACT) - ENACT is a concrete menu of strategies designed to help you improve nutrition and activity environments on a local level. These strategies have been organized into seven environments that were carefully selected for their importance in individual and community health
  • THRIVE - THRIVE is a tool to help you understand and prioritize the factors within your own community that can help improve health and safety. The tool can help answer questions such as: How can I identify key factors in my community and rate their importance? How are these factors related to health outcomes? What can I do to address each factor? Where can I go for more information?
  • Upstream Pathways for Health Inequities
  • Upstream vs. Traditional Public Health

Minority Populations in Virginia

There are five federally recognized minority populations in Virginia:View Larger Graph

 

Racism

  • Race Matters - Toolkit from the Annie E. Casey Foundation designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.

Resources to Support Access to Healthy Foods

Transportation

  • The Benefits of Multimodal Transportation on Health and Social Equity is a listing of links to public health reports and tools that summarize the importance of transportation planning to health and social equity.  The resources summarize the cost of transportation-related health outcomes and describe a range of strategies to create transportation policies that promote health and social equity. View a presentation on the subject as presented by Dr. Michael Royster, Director of The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. View Here

Webcasts

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Additional Resources

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Last Updated: 04-15-2014

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