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NACDD Health Equity Council

The HE Council connects together all HE program staff and those interested in HE, for knowledge sharing, brainstorming, problem solving and best practice dissemination.

The HE Council works together to identify issues that make it difficult to close the gaps in health status and works toward solutions by partnering with State Health Department, National Organizations, and Federal Agencies to serve as a collective voice. 

What activities do you offer members?
Monthly Calls, Professional Development, Technical Assistance, Tools and Resources

How can NACDD members get involved with the Health Equity Council? 

  • Join the Monthly Call (every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm ET),
  • Sit on Steering Committee (volunteer),
  • Present on a webinar,
  • Join a workgroup

Health begins where we live, learn, work, worship and play. Social justice affects the way people live, impacts their risks for illness, and their chances of premature death. Can public health influence the unequal structuring of life conditions? During this webinar, our featured speaker, Richard Hofrichter, the Senior Director of Health Equity at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, will discuss how public health chronic disease prevention and health promotion practitioners can create opportunities for building a public narrative about the root causes of health disparities.

Additionally, two state chronic disease programs will provide examples of how they are addressing some of these root causes in their state. The webinar will conclude with a short update from the Health Equity Council’s Institutional Equity Tool Project. Click below to listen to speakers discuss the root causes associated with health disparities and social justice.


Click here to download the July 10, 2018 presentation on Chronic Disease in Rural America (PowerPoint).



Transgender Health
Mitch Hunter: 59 minutes

For the last 16 years, Mitchell C (Mitch) Hunter has taken active leadership roles in the Transgender and LGBQ communities. Serving for 3 and one-half years on the Seattle LGBT Commission, he helped create and implement Seattle's single-use, all-gender restroom law. He served on numerous task forces researching, writing and editing reports presented to the Mayor's Office and other City departments. Mitch has worked with corporations, corporations, health care facilities, institutions, faith communities and organizations to further transgender inclusivity and visibility. Featured in the Seattle Police Department's transgender training video, Mitch helped write the SPD's model policy on working with the transgender community. Most recently, he trained more than 600 area health care providers and staff at clinics, hospitals and offices on the LGBTQ Breast Health Toolkit for Komen Puget Sound. He's been a speaker at Gender Odyssey, Saying It Out Loud 2016 and 2017, Fabulous Aging 2016 and 2017. As a consultant and trainer, Mitch has presented for the Port of Seattle, Expedia, Washington State Department of Corrections, DSHS-ALTSA and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Northwest LGBT Senior Care Provider's Network, numerous college/university classes and panels. Mitch helped design the curriculum and teach the UW Medical Center's Transgender Health Course for 4 years. Mitch performs regularly, for the last 10 years, with the Seattle Men's Chorus and is on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Men's and Seattle Women's Choruses. Head Shot: Jess T Dugan

An Example of promoting Health Equity through Health Improvement Plans 

Nichelle Shaw: 23 minutes

Nichelle Shaw, M.P.H., is a public health educator with over 20 years of public health experience. Currently, she is a Supervisor at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health overseeing Chronic Disease Prevention programming. She has been an employee with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health since 2000, most notably as the Project Manager for the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga), which includes a consortium of over 100 diverse and committed group of organizations and individuals, who initially came together to complete the county’s first Community Health Improvement Plan. The HIP-Cuyahoga Consortium continues to work together to build opportunities for everyone in Cuyahoga County to be healthy because everyone should have a fair chance to reach his or her fullest health potential regardless of where they live, their race, or their income. She lends her direction and support to projects that aim to improve the health of the community by considering community conditions and other root causes of poor health. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University; and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.


Health Equity, PHAB and Health Improvement Plans 
Robin Wilcox and Jessica Kronstadt: 27 minutes

Jessica Kronstadt, MPP, is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). In that role, she oversees efforts to evaluate the accreditation program and to promote research to build the evidence base around accreditation. Prior to coming to PHAB, she worked at NORC at the University of Chicago, conducting research on public health services and systems, as well as insurance benefit design, health information technology, and the rural health workforce.

Robin Wilcox, Chief Program Officer of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), manages the implementation of the accreditation process for public health departments. Robin also leads the revisions of the standards and measures, modifications to the accreditation process, and the development of the reaccreditation process and requirements. She joined PHAB in August 2007. Robin's work at PHAB follows a public health career in a variety of settings including governmental public health, a health care system, academia, local health planning, association work, and private consulting.

The ROI of an Inclusive Workforce for Health Equity Impact
Andre Blackman: 12 minutes

Andre Blackman is a pioneering strategist with deep ties into the public health/healthcare, technology and branding landscapes. He is also the Founder and CEO of Pulse + Signal, a branding and innovation strategy consultancy where he helps healthcare focused organizations stay equipped for the future.

Andre is a sought-after advisor to companies building the future of health and brand builder for the leaders who run them. His contributions have been featured in Forbes, NPR, Reporting on Health, U.S. News and World Report.

Achieving Better Health Through Disability Inclusion
David Ellsworth: 38 minutes

David Ellsworth, MPH, CHES received his master's in public health degree from The Ohio State University College of Public Health, where he specialized in Health Behavior and Health Promotion and Environmental Public Health. David is a former LEND Fellow at the OSU Nisonger Center, with a total of five years working for the Ohio Disability and Health Program. David currently serves as the Health Policy Specialist for the Ohio Disability and Health Program and works closely with all facets of the Ohio Department of Health to ensure that health promotion efforts are inclusive and accessible to all Ohioans.

The Rhode Island Health Equity Zones
Rhode Island Health Equity Zones initiative

The 2019 ASTHO President’s Challenge - building healthy and resilient communities
Dr. Alexander-Scott’s 2019 ASTHO President’s Challenge



Check out all upcoming NACDD & CDC calls & webinars open to members!
About Us

Learn more about the Health Equity Council. Read more.
Member Highlights

Check out best practices, success stories, white papers, and other work being done by Council members, or submit your work to be showcased! Read more.
 Steven Owens is NACDD Council Consultant for Health Equity. For questions about the Council, email                                                                                   
Janet Kiley is the Health Equity Council Chair. Contact her by email at

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