We want to scale up this transformation
This website is structured around a set of strategic practices that health departments can apply to more meaningfully and comprehensively advance health equity. Over and over, more health departments are asking “What are the strategic steps we can take to advance health equity at our health department?” This resource showcases success stories from across the United States to answer this question.
Local health departments are championing transformational change by:
Building internal capacity and infrastructure and taking strategic risks to advance equity
Fostering strategic community partnerships to build power and engage in social justice movements
Working across government agencies to develop shared ownership for health equity
Get to know our case studies
Los Angeles County Diverts Justice-Involved Youth
Los Angeles County established a Division of Youth Diversion and Development to equitably reduce youth involvement in the criminal justice system. The program, which seeks to promote youth well-being and life opportunities by limiting early contact with the justice system, is housed in the Los Angeles County Health Agency’s Office of Diversion and Reentry.Read More
Rice County Conducts Equity Analysis and Develops a Health Equity Plan
Using a small grant, Rice County Public Health (RCPH), Minnesota, completed a health equity organizational assessment and determined the department needed to strengthen staff understanding and build its capacity to address health equity. To address this need, RCPH created a Health Equity Plan that includes seven practices to build department and community momentum to advance health equity.Read More
What underlies our approach?
To systematically dismantle the patterns of othering and exclusion in government practice, we must pursue a wall-to-wall transformation of how local health departments work internally, with communities, and alongside other government agencies.
This inside/outside approach requires health departments to build internal capacity and a will to act on the social determinants of health and health equity. It also requires developing relationships with and mobilizing communities and government to advocate for action on health equity.