Advancing health equity is an overarching NACDD goal grounded in the NACDD core value of social justice. Social and economic factors in the places where people live, learn, work, and play impact their health and can promote health disparities. Chronic disease prevention and health promotion practitioners are working through NACDD’s Health Equity Council to address the root causes of health disparity and to create opportunities for applying health equity principles to improve public health practice.
The NACDD Health Equity Council focuses on educating state chronic disease and health promotion practitioners about the impact of the social determinants of health on population health outcomes and on identifying gap issues for the purpose of providing training, resources, tools, and technical assistance. The Council supports State Health Department programs in incorporating the goals of the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity into programs, policies, and projects.
How Can Members Join in the Health Equity Effort?
Join the NACDD Health Equity Council’s General Member call held at 2:00 p.m. ET every second Tuesday of each month to stay up-to-date on projects, opportunities, professional development, and knowledge sharing. Consider becoming a member of the NACDD Health Equity Council Steering Committee, or join a work group to help guide the Council work. Members also can attend a health equity session at the next Chronic Disease Academy or join a webinar to improve your health equity knowledge and skills.
Contact Robyn Taylor to learn more about the NACDD Health Equity Council and the many ways you can actively participate with the NACDD Health Equity Council.
NACDD Action on Health Equity
The NACDD Health Equity Council works to increase public health workforce capacity to address health equity by advocating for supportive funding, identifying actionable strategies, highlighting promising practices, and making targeted recommendations that can improve organizational competency to address health equity. For example, the Council-developed tool, Moving to Institutional Equity: A Tool to Address Racial Equity for Public Health Practitioners, guides users through a process to identify internal policies and practices that influence the way racial equity is expressed in public health operations, projects, and decisions. A pilot project on its use is underway in five states.
Read NACDD’s tool to guide users through a process to identify internal policies and practices that influence the way racial equity is expressed in public health operations, projects, and decision making.
Through the Applying the Health Equity Lens training at the 2017 Chronic Disease Academy, the Council sought to enhance the essential contribution of state governments to achieve of equitable health outcomes. The Council provided a similar Social Determinants of Health and Applying a Health Equity Lens session as part of the CDC Division of Population Health Project Officers Advancing Health Equity Training Series.
Health equity training was provided at the 2017 Chronic Disease Academy to support increased competency in this area among Chronic Disease Directors and their program staff.
Additionally, a 2018 Council-sponsored ‘Building the Narrative to Address Root Causes for Health Disparities and State Examples’ webinar reviewed the ways public health chronic disease prevention and health promotion practitioners can create opportunities for building a public narrative about the root causes of health disparities.
By providing technical assistance to NACDD consultants and members, the Council influences the integration of health equity concepts into NACDD proposals, projects, and initiatives. The NACDD Health Equity Council wrote the journal article, An Assessment of Funding and Other Capacity Needs for Health Equity Programming Within State-Level Chronic Disease Programs, describing the funding and other capacity needs for health equity programming in state chronic disease programs. Written and published in partnership with the HHS Office of Minority Health, the article is available in a 2017 special issue of the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.