Advancing Health Equity Recommendations
The 2014 Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature includes a set of recommendations for advancing health equity in Minnesota. These recommendations are based on feedback from a wide range of Minnesota communities, the experiences of other states, and a review of existing resources. These recommendations are directed toward the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and a broad set of partners including state and local governments, community partners, other state agencies, the health care sector and organizations across Minnesota. Below is a summary of the recommendations, for the detailed recommendations see Chapter 2, page 29 of the Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature, 2014 (PDF).
1. Advance health equity through a health in all policies approach across all sectors.
Moving to a policy approach to advance health equity requires thinking more broadly and working across sectors to develop healthy public policy. Policies should be examined and resources targeted where efforts will have the greatest effect on populations with the greatest need, from housing to transportation to education and more.
2. Continue investments in efforts that currently are working to advance health equity.
While it is necessary to address the social and economic factors that drive health disparities, this approach must be paired with a commitment to continue the exemplary practices that are already making a difference for the people currently experiencing the impact of these inequities and health disparities.
3. Provide statewide leadership for advancing health equity.
MDH must build statewide capacity to implement a health in all policies approach, convene leaders and include health equity as a key component of policy discussions, and engage new and existing partnerships across all sectors in a shared sense of responsibility for the health of all people in Minnesota.
4. Strengthen community relationships and partnerships to advance health equity.
MDH must expand the range and depth of relationships with multiple communities and create avenues for meaningful participation of Minnesota’s diverse communities in project governance and oversight.
5. Redesign the Minnesota Department of health grant-making to advance health equity.
MDH must adapt grant-making procedures and practices to support a wider range of organizational capacity among MDH grantees, improving training and evaluation methods to advance health equity, and engage a diverse range of stakeholders in the grant development process.
6. Make health equity an emphasis throughout the Minnesota Department of Health.
MDH must assure that health equity and the analysis of structural inequities, including structural racism, become integral aspects of all MDH divisions and programs, and address changes needed in the MDH workforce to advance health equity.
7. Strengthen the collection, analysis and use of data to advance health equity.
MDH must strengthen coordination of data activities related to health equity across all divisions and programs, and develop a long-term plan for improving the collection, analysis, reporting, dissemination and use of health equity data.
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