Equity Resources

There are many important resources available for addressing the critical work of health equity - making sure that everyone has the same chance for a healthy and happy life. Below are some that we’ve found to be particularly helpful. Have other great resources to suggest? Please send it our way!

  • Undoing Racism in Public Health: A Blueprint for Action in Urban MCH is a special report to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation produced by CityMatCH.
  • CityMatCH, the National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders and the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) have partnered with the National Healthy Start Association to create the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality. To read more about their projects and access these reports, click here.
  • In November 2013, CDC released its latest health equity resource guidance titled A Practitioners Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Disease. It’s a resource for public health practitioners working to advance health equity through community health interventions. While health disparities can be addressed at multiple levels, this guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play. It is designed to provide guidance to CTG grantees about how to incorporate health equity into the strategies related to the strategic directions. However, the guide also provides strategies for public health professionals to enhance their organizational capacity for advancing health equity in all areas of chronic disease. Click here for the resource.
  • The Frameworks Institute has developed a comprehensive toolkit for talking about Disparities. To review its work and resources click here.
  • The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) has developed a wealth of resources for health departments and others on addressing social justice and health equity. It has a new learning series called the Roots of Inequity and the association has also published a book titled Tackling Health Inequities Through Public Health Practice: Theory to Action. To access these resources click here.
  • Focusing on the social determinants of health, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequity Making us Sick? is a seven-part documentary series produced by NACCHO. To view the resources on their website click here. If you are interested in borrowing a copy of the series to share with your agency please contact Sarah Verbiest at sarah@everywomansoutheast.org.
  • The Prevention Institute's website offers a comprehensive online Health Equity and Prevention Primer. To access the primer click here.
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has a wealth of resources to offer. Through its site, you can sign up for a number of listservs that provide a consistent stream of new and useful resources. The department also has a searchable Knowledge Center. Click here to visit the website and click here to search the department’s catalog.
  • People interested in a longer read may want to purchase a copy of Reducing Disparities in Reproductive and Perinatal Outcomes by Arden Handler, Joan Kennelly and Nadine Peacock (Eds.)