July 9, 2019

Health Equity Tip #7 (Summer Edition): Find Your Squad

We can’t build something new without imagining it first. This summer, we're kicking off a new set of Health Equity Tips to help deepen relationships and dismantle master narratives. The first step is finding colleagues/allies/peeps to connect and imagine with.
June 11, 2019

Health Equity Tip #6: Identify Meaningful Community Engagement Guidelines

Meaningful and inclusive community engagement is an important way to “practice what you preach” with regards to advancing equity. One way to ensure meaningful community engagement in health department practice is to identify your department’s current policy - if one exists - and propose changes if needed.
May 20, 2019

Health Equity Tip #5: Agree on a Definition of ‘Structural Racism’

Establishing shared definitions is a critical step in health equity work. Agreeing on a definition of structural racism establishes racism as a determinant of health and opens conversations about what your department is doing to address or reinforce structural racism.
April 9, 2019

Health Equity Tip #4: Propose using an Equity Tool

Applying an equity tool to an existing program or policy in your health department can be a concrete way to engage other staff members in discussions about structural racism and systems change. Equity tools can open space to reflect on existing dynamics and status quo, and identify new solutions or opportunities for advancing equity.
March 12, 2019

Health Equity Tip #03: Meet with Another Government Employee

Proactively connecting with govt employees in other agencies can help support collaborative, equity-focused work. In fact, it's critical to be proactive because directly and indirectly, government is responsible for many of the structures that have created and maintained racism and power imbalances in our society.
February 12, 2019

Health Equity Tip #02: Grab Coffee with a Community Organizer

Community organizers tend to work on improving the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health — even if they don’t use those words — and so their work may align and complement the work that you're doing to address health inequities. Part of the Health Equity Tips & Tactics monthly email series.
January 8, 2019

Health Equity Tip #01: Organize an Informal Hangout

Organizational transformation begins at the personal level. It's important to focus energy on developing deep and real relationships with those who are in this work w/ us. Part of the Health Equity Tips & Tactics monthly email series.