Advocacy Work Group
The Advocacy Work Group (AWG) was established in 2008 with the goal of addressing the following HEIG Strategic Priority: Influence Policy and Practice, Develop an advocacy plan and call to action. HEIG leadership developed 3 frameworks for addressing HEIG issues--one of which was an advocacy framework. The responsibility of the workgroup is to develop an action plan based on the framework and implement the plan. The AWG is committed to advancing federal, state, and local actions toward eliminating the social, policy and environmental conditions which lead to health inequities. The AWG consists of three committees that meet on a weekly basis to bring completion to their projects.
CLAS Standards Work Group
The CLAS Standards Work Group was formed in March 2011.The current focus of group is to identify what states care about most regarding CLAS; examine how well states are prepared to understand and improve CLAS within existing programs, initiatives, contracts, etc.; and finally outline an agenda for what can be done to help states.
Cultural Competency Work Group
The Health Equity Council Cultural Competency Work Group (CCWG) is responsible for facilitating HEC adoption of standardized health equity-related definitions. The CCWG is also working to develop methods to assure a diverse organizational membership and a cultural competency inclusive training policy. Other policy and procedure needs are ways to assure progress toward cultural competency and evaluate progress toward an as yet undefined cultural competency standard. Finally, the CCWG advocates the inclusion of cultural competency in public health accreditation system.
Social Determiniants of Health Work Group
The Social Determinants of Health Work Group (SDOH) provides training to NACDD members on the social determinants of health and their impact on health disparities. Following the training HEIG members will commit to providing on-going technical assistance. They conducted several trainings in 2008, including presenting at the NACDD Chronic Disease Academy and the ASTHO/NACCHO Conference. They work to promote Unnatural Causes and have developed resources that compliment the series, including Unnatural Causes Success Stories and an outline of the Unnatural Causes toolkit. Other workgroup activities include identifying SDOH resources developing objectives to expand SDOH efforts.