We envision the field of public health advancing transformative health equity practice.
Our vision is of a public health system that advances a transformative health equity practice, leading its work with the understanding that structural racism, other forms of oppression, and power imbalances are the root of health inequities. Governmental public health restructures its internal, cross-government, and community operations around the principles of equity, justice, and power-sharing.
In practice, this means:
Head and heart integration
Advancing racial justice
Using an inside/outside approach
Building authentic leadership
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As a field, public health has a clear understanding that inequities in health exist. However, there are many questions around why those inequities exist, how to eliminate inequities, and what the field’s role is in challenging those inequities. Read more about or offerings to see how we can support you in advancing health equity:
Trainings and Technical Assistance
We offer tailored, hands on training and technical assistance to public health organizations to advance a transformative health equity practice that places addressing structural racism, other forms of oppression, and power imbalances at the heart of their work.
Health Equity Awakened: A Leadership Institute
Our Leadership Institute is a 12-month national leadership development initiative to cultivate emerging leaders within governmental public health — who are committed to advancing health and racial equity — by building their capacity at the person, role, and systems level. This intentional learning community aims to deepen the leadership of participants to more radically transform their organizations to advance health equity.
Health Equity Tools and Resources
HIP has also created many tools and resources to support public health practitioners operationalize their health equity practice — these focus on communications, messaging, analysis, and Health Impact Assessment-related resources.
Our signature tool is the Health Equity Guide, a resource that includes key strategic practices and examples of how health departments can advance health equity — both internally within their departments and externally with communities and other government agencies.