Health Equity Resources

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

Commission Reports on Health Equity

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Cultural Assessment Tools

  • 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
  • Consolidated Culturalogical Assessment Tool Kit (C-CAT)  The toolkit for organizational assessment in mental health includes training materials, promotional materials, a facilitator’s guide, user workbook, assessment tools and a database.  It can be used by a variety of shareholders.  The toolkit must be purchased at a cost of $750 or higher, depending on the number of licenses purchased.
  • National Center for Cultural Competence Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment
    The Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment (CCHPA) was developed at the request of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS). The CCHPA captures a wide range of data in its six subscales including: /Values & Belief Systems, Cultural Aspects of Epidemiology, Clinical Decision-Making, Life Cycle Events, Cross-Cultural Communication and Empowerment/ Health Management/. Assessment of practitioners is only one aspect of examining cultural and linguistic competence within an organization, and should not be used in isolation.
  • Organizational Self-Assessment – A one-page questionnaire on staff competencies and organizational operations that purports to offer a racial equity score followed by a “next steps” analysis. It also suggests tools for improvement
  • Self-Assessment for Cultural Competence
    1. Involves an interactive web-based tool designed to help evaluate cultural competence.
    2. Includes cultural competence checklists, a cultural competence awareness assessment and a questionnaire about “How Does Your Caseload Compare?”
    3. Addresses personal reflection, policies and procedures and service delivery
    4. Assesses demographic and caseload changes related to culturally/linguistically diverse (CLD) populations.
    5. Is intended to help organizations to increase and improve service delivery
  • The Cultural Competence Self Assessment Protocol for Health Care Organizations and Systems1. 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.

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Federal and State Government Resources

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Health Equity Toolkits

  • “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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Promoting Health Equity, A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health – A workbook for community-based organizations, public health practitioners, and community health partners seeking to create health equity by addressing the social determinants of health
  • Race MattersToolkit 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.
  • Tackling Health Inequities Through Public Health Practice: A Handbook for Action – Provides a knowledge base and innovative approaches for transforming everyday public health practice, departmental structure, and organizational culture in ways that may advance the attack on the root causes of inequities in the distribution of disease and illness
  • Taking Action on the Social Determinants of Health at a Local Health Department
  • 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 
  • 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?

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Additional Resources

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