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Health Equity and Social Justice

The goal of NACCHO's Health Equity and Social Justice program is to advance the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to confront the root causes of inequities in the distribution of disease and illness through public health practice and their organizational structure. The program's initiatives explore why certain populations bear a disproportionate burden of disease and mortality and what social arrangements and institutions generate those inequities, in order to design strategy to eliminate them. NACCHO's Health Equity and Social Justice initiatives include:

In the Spotlight

NACCHO is supporting local health departments' effective use of The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation series through development of supporting materials, and wide dissemination of DVDs of the video series. NACCHO has also established partnerships to support LHDs and community efforts to develop strategic actions and generate dialogue about:

  • the importance of early child health and development and its impact on life-long health and well-being;
  • the root causes of health inequities, specifically how class-based social structures, inequitable power arrangements, and racism create chaos and stress for families and lead to increased health inequities.

For more, see NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health page: More »

NACCHO Annual 2016: Cultivating a Culture of Health Equity

NACCHO Annual’s 2016 conference theme is “Cultivating a Culture of Health Equity.” NACCHO Annual 2016 will provide an interactive setting for local health officials and their public health partners from around the country to examine strategies, share ideas, and plan actions for sustaining or reinventing their organizations in the new era. The conference will take place July 19-21, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. More »

Roots of Health Inequity: A Web Course and Learning Collaborative
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Roots of Health Inequity considers the root causes of inequity in the distribution of illness, disease, and death. The course, based on a social justice framework, is a conceptual introduction to ground public health practitioners in concepts and strategies for taking action in everyday practice.

What can you expect? What will you be able to do on the site?

Roots of Health Inequity offers you the chance to:

  • Examine and discuss critical concepts in the field of health equity.
  • Meet, learn, and strategize with colleagues within your organization and across the country.
  • Hear from well-known practitioners and educators in the field, directly.
  • Access free syllabi, resources, and presentations for school-based courses.
  • Earn continuing education credits.
  • Be inspired.
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Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice: Theory to Action

Oxford University Press released Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice: Theory to Action" in February 2010. Edited by NACCHO Senior Director Richard Hofrichter and the Director of the San Francisco Department of Health's division of Occupation and Environmental Health Rajiv Bhatia, this text raises questions and provides a starting point for health practitioners ready to reorient public health practice to address the fundamental causes of health inequities. This reorientation involves restructuring the organization, culture and daily work of public health.

Tackling Health Inequities is meant to inspire readers to imagine or envision public health practice and their role in ways that question contemporary thinking and assumptions, as emerging trends, social conditions, and policies generate increasing inequities in health.

Download the table of contents (PDF) by clicking here. More »