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
Maricopa County Builds Health Equity Cloud
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Arizona, leverages collaborations with public and private partners to protect and promote public health with very limited resources. To build health equity capacity, MCDPH conducted an internal assessment survey, piloted a lunch-and-learn series, partnered with consultants to provide trainings and support workplan development, and incorporated their work into the Department’s “cloud” structure.Read More
San Francisco Leverages Health Permits to Combat Wage Theft
Wage theft is a national epidemic that hurts workers, responsible employers, and the local economy. After learning through participatory research collaborations that wage theft impacts the health of many low-wage and immigrant workers, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, California, leveraged their restaurant health permitting process to hold employers accountable for wages stolen from employees.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.