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Health Equity and Prevention Primer

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Prevention Institute - Oakland, CA – USA

Health Equity Toolkit available online at:

……pre institute logoHealth inequities are more than disparities or differences in health and safety outcomes. Inequity describes unfairness and the systematic nature of disparities.

The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) serves as a web-based training series for public health practitioners and advocates interested in policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement to achieve health equity.

The Primer helps practitioners integrate a health equity lens into their initiatives in pursuit of overall health and safety.

The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) was developed to serve as an online learning tool, consisting of an equity-focused curriculum and collection of resources to build the knowledge and capacity of practitioners to incorporate health equity into their work. The Primer is comprised of seven brief, interactive presentations along with selected publications, tools, and other resources focused on health equity.

Participants are able to customize their online learning experience and go through each module at his/her own pace.

Follow the step-by-step instructions on how to use the tool:

  1. Select the module you are interested in.
  2. Download the audio transcriptions to use as a guide as you go through the presentation
  3. Click on the powerpoint presentation (with audio).
  4. Right click on the slide if you would like to view in "full screen" mode.
  5. After the presentation, explore the sections with strategic links and related papers on health equity-related efforts across the country.
  6. Fill out the evaluation via Survey Monkey to help us continually improve the Health Equity and Prevention Primer.

Health Equity and Prevention Resources


Module 1 Achieving Equity in Health and Safety through Primary Prevention
describes how Primary Prevention is a key strategy for eliminating inequities in health and safety.
It provides an overview of Primary Prevention and previews material that will be covered later in the series.

Module 2 Take Two Steps to Prevention
describes the Two Steps to Prevention Framework and the Trajectory of Health Inequities.
These tools can be used to describe why a focus on the environment is essential for health equity efforts.

Module 3 Community Factors & How They Influence Health Equity
explores eighteen community factors. These eighteen factors are linked to health equity.
Each factor is part of a community and provides tangible opportunities for achieving equitable health and safety outcomes.

Related Papers:
The Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE)

Strategic Links:
Equitable Development Toolkit
What is Social and Health Equity and why is it important?
Unnatural Causes, Place Matters. Race - The Power of Illusion

Module 4 The Spectrum of Prevention:
A Framework for Addressing Health Equity, introduces the Spectrum of Prevention.
It provides a step by step explanation of how the Spectrum can be used to develop a mutually supportive set of actions as part of a comprehensive primary prevention strategy

Related Papers:
Spectrum of Prevention Podcast
The Spectrum of Prevention: Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Injury Prevention

Strategic Links:
Tools for Working the Spectrum of Prevention
Transitioning To Obesity Prevention: Harnessing Wic's Success To Promote Healthy Eating And Active Living

Module 5 Enhancing Effective Partnerships for Health Equity
explores the power of partnerships for improving equity. It introduces the Eight Steps to Coalition Building, which can be used to launch and stabilize effective equity-focused coalitions.

Related Papers:
Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide
The Tension of Turf: Making it work for the Coalition

Module 6 The Importance of Local Policy for Achieving Equitable Outcomes
looks at why policy--at the city and county levels, in particular-is important to health equity efforts. It provides an overview of key strategies in the policy development process.

Strategic Links:
Developing an Equity Impact Statement

Module 7 Good Health Counts: Measurement and Evaluation for Health Equity
describes how community health indicators can be used to assess and monitor conditions that influence health and safety.
It highlight a number of indicator reports that have been used to advance health equity efforts.

Related Papers:
Good Health Counts: A 21st Century Approach to Health and Community for California
Community Health: A Critical Approach to Addressing Chronic Disease

Strategic Links:
Community Health Status Indicators Report
South Los Angeles Health Equity Scorecard
CDC Data Set Directory of Social Determinants of Health at the Local Level


Source: PAHO/WHO

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 June 2012 13:32 )  

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