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
King County Transforms County Practice to Advance Equity
Using a social determinants framework, King County, Washington, transformed its practice across all departments and agencies to advance equity throughout the jurisdiction. The countywide equity and social justice strategic plan is tied to the county’s biennial budget schedule, and departments and agencies set individual implementation plans to work toward shared equity goals.Read More
Kansas City Develops MOU and Shares Space with Community Organizers
The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department has developed a long-term close and synergistic relationship with Communities Creating Opportunity, a largely faith-based community organizing group. The relationship has enriched both organizations’ capacity to do meaningful community engagement and enact upstream policy change.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.