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Roots of Health Inequity

Roots of Health Inequity: A Web-Based Course for the Public Health Workforce
Roots of Health Inequity: A Web-Based Course for the Public Health Workforce

Roots of Health Inequity is an online learning collaborative and web-based course designed for the public health workforce. The site offers a starting place for those who want to address systemic differences in health and wellness that are actionable, unfair, and unjust. Based on a social justice framework, the course is an introduction to ground public health practitioners in concepts and strategies for taking action in everyday practice.

Funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, the course is open free of charge to any professional interested in addressing the root causes of health inequity. The course material is written primarily for local public health department staff at all levels. The interactive site includes five units and features a rich source of case studies, readings, presentations, video, audio, and group-directed discussions. Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered for the first unit "Where Do We Start?".

Participants can also expect to:

  • Build a community of peers dedicated to addressing health equity.
  • Strategize more effective ways to act on the root causes of health inequity.
  • Lay the foundation for an organizational culture committed to tackling social injustice.

Go to rootsofhealthinequity.org to learn more about how to register and participate. For more information, including guidance documents about how your organization can use the course, please contact rootsofhealthinequity@naccho.org.

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Roots of Health Inequity: What to Expect

Preview interactives from the Roots of Health Inequity!

Each of the five units in this online course contain educational interactives that teach a key concept of social justice as it relates to public health inequity. A few of these interactives are featured below. Roll over each thumbnail for a description of the interactive. Click on each thumbnail for a preview.

Learn about the relationship between class structure and health status.Learn about how structural racism contributed to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.Explore the social determinants asthma that are undermining children's health in Northern Manhattan.Examine the historic debated over public health's role in addressing health inequities.Learn about West Harlem's fight against the North River Water Pollution Control Plant, click through the slideshow and notice the critical decision points and opportunities for public health department intervention.
About Roots of Health Inequity
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You can learn more about the course and learning collaborative by both going to rootsofhealthinequity.org and by downloading the Roots of Health Inequity Companion Guide and Help Guides.



 You'll find the documents below:

1. Roots of Health Inequity Lesson Plans and Guide (Companion Guide)

This guide offers six lesson plans focused on specific aspects of public health practice. These plans include activities and readings that describe components of a conceptual framework informing the values, strategic plans, and assessment activities at a LHD that is committed to confronting health inequities.
The guide also describes tips and tools for using RHI including guidelines for forming successful learning groups and facilitation and meeting organizing tips for the Roots of Health Inequity curriculum.

2. Roots of Health Inequity Instructional Video

This video offers a tour of the website and course units. It offers guidance about how to register for the course, create a learning group, and use the website's features. You can link to the video from YouTube or use the YouTube embed code to add the video to a website.

3. Roots of Health Inequity informational booklet

Learn about our purpose, why it matters, and why now.

4. Main Features of this Course

Learn about the website's features, the community, and how to use the course.

5. Index of Course Units

Each unit provides an in-depth look at a specific topic using various types of learning modalities — interactive maps and timelines, slideshows, geographic story-telling, resource libraries, video presentations, and interviews with practitioners. 

6. Navigating the Units

Find and use the parts of the course that most interest you.

7. Create & Lead a Group

The course material is designed around group participation — primarily through group discussions on specific topics and the results of activities in the units. Learn how to plan, select, and create a Learning Group on the website.

8. Roots of Health Inequity Presentation

Share this presentation about the Roots of Health Inequity with your partners and colleagues.

9. Roots of Health Inequity Promotional Statements

Use these promotional statements and the social media content to share RHI with partners. Lift the language in the PDF for newsletters, online resource libraries, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

10. Video: How are you using the Roots of Health Inequity?

In this video, Dr. Linda Rae Murray (Chief Medical Officer for the Cook County (IL) Department of Public Health), Kimberly Pettiford, MPH (Community Health Promotion Specialist, The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency) and Dr. Jennifer Hebert-Beirne (Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago) discuss why Roots of Health Inequity is a critical tool in the fight against heath inequities.