Capacity Building

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.

Through our trainings, technical assistance, leadership development, and health equity tools and resources, HIP is committed to building the capacity of the field to act on this vision.

In practice, this means:

Head and heart integration
Transforming the relationships, practices, policies, and systems that maintain these inequities.
Advancing racial justice
Being explicit about the need for racial justice, with an intersectional analysis.
Using an inside/outside approach
Building an internal capacity and a will to act, and also external relationships and power with communities.
Building authentic leadership
Cultivating visionary, strategic, and authentic leadership that builds, shares, and moves power.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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