Resource Library for Advancing Health Equity - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Resource Library for Advancing Health Equity in Public Health

Use these tools, templates, and resources to build your public health department's health equity capacity. The resources are listed alphabetically within groups for the six practices health departments can use to advance health equity. Click on the links below to jump down.

The library is designed to allow local health departments to identify resources to best meet their needs from among a wide range of materials. A summary, which includes considerations for use, has been created for each resource. The library is not comprehensive but will be expanded over time.

To receive alerts when new resources are added, subscribe to Health Equity Resource Library Updates. If you have questions about the library, or would like to suggest additions, please contact the Center for Public Health Practice at health.ophp@state.mn.us or 651-201-3880.   

Public Health Practices to Advance Health Equity

Img   Spread the word about what creates health
Img   Equip staff
Img   Show organizational commitment
Img   Authentically engage with the community
Img   Collect and use data for change
Img   Influence public policy

 

Spread the word about what creates health

Learn more about spread the word about what creates health.

Report/Article10 Promising Practices to Reduce Social Inequities in Health
Sudbury & District Health Unit
This literature review for local public health practitioners summarizes promising practices to impact health equity.

Guide/ToolkitA New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health
RWJF: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This document provides new ways to talk about the social determinants of health for policymakers and other audiences.

Guide/ToolkitAdvancing the Mission: Tools for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Annie E. Casey Foundation
This resource contains eight tools to help organizations identify opportunities to integrate equity goals into their programs and operations.

VideoAllegories on Race and Racism
Camara Jones via TEDx Talks
This video uses storytelling to discuss race and racism in the United States, and to empower people to take action to reduce racism.

Report/ArticleCommunity Voices: Reducing Tobacco-Related Health Inequities
Minnesota Department of Health
This report provides a summary of a community engagement effort to learn more about tobacco-related health inequities from the most impacted communities themselves.

Guide/ToolkitEffective Communication
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
This excerpt from a larger toolkit identifies strategies for communicating about health equity and social determinants of health.

Report/ArticleEmbracing Equity in Community Health Improvement
Health Resources in Action
This paper discusses how to intentionally integrate equity into community health improvement planning.

Guide/ToolkitGuidelines for Achieving Health Equity in Practice
NACCHO: National Association of County and City Health Officials
This three-page document modifies the ten essential services to incorporate health equity.

Guide/ToolkitHealth and Well-Being for All: Accelerating Learning about Social Determinants
CDC Foundation
This "meeting in a box" provides interactive materials you can use to discuss the factors that affect health, and for conversations about how to take action through teamwork and cross-sector collaboration.

PresentationHealth in All Policies: The What, Why, and How...
Hennepin County
This presentation articulates why Hennepin County should implement a Health in All Policies approach, and how it might do so.

PresentationHealth Equity Presentation
City of Bloomington, MN
This presentation is designed to provide basic information to a group regarding health equity, including definitions and data.

Guide/ToolkitHealthy People 2020: Social Determinants of Health
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This website provides an overview of social determinants of health, identifies 10-year health objectives related to the social determinants of health, and provides links to data and other resources.

Webinar/CourseThe Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
APHA: American Public Health Association
This webinar series helps viewers understand race-related health disparities, plan interventions, and engage in a national conversation about race and health.

Report/ArticleMinnesota's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model
PolicyLink
This report makes the economic case for health equity from a policymaker's perspective.

VideoMoving the Race Conversation Forward
Center for Racial Justice Innovation
This four-minute video highlights the need to talk about race and racism at the systems level in order to advance racial justice.

Guide/ToolkitNational Equity Atlas
PolicyLink, University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
The National Equity Atlas is an online resource for data on race, and publications that make an economic case for racial equity.

Webinar/CourseRoots of Health Inequity
NACCHO: National Association of County and City Health Officials
This structured online learning collaborative for public health practitioners will help improve and apply their knowledge and skills related to health equity.

Webinar/CourseSpent
Urban Ministries of Durham
Spent is a quick and easy web-based game that builds understanding about how low-wage jobs affect individuals and families.

Fact SheetToward a Healthier County: Health in All Policies
Hennepin County
This fact sheet provides basic information on Health in All Policies as a health improvement strategy and what it means for county programs.

Report/ArticleWhat Are Health Disparities and Health Equity? We Need to Be Clear
Public Health Reports
This two-page article helps readers understand the difference between health equity and health disparities.

VideoWith Health and Justice for All
APHA: American Public Health Association
This three-minute video from APHA visually depicts the school-to-prison pipeline.

 

Equip staff

Learn more about equip staff.

Webinar/CourseAchieving Equity with Results-Based Accountability
Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE)
This 1.5-hour webinar focuses on using Results-Based Accountability (RBA) to advance racial equity.

VideoAllegories on Race and Racism
Camara Jones via TEDx Talks
This video uses storytelling to discuss race and racism in the United States, and to empower people to take action to reduce racism.

Guide/ToolkitApplying Social Determinants of Health Indicator Data for Advancing Health Equity
BARHII: Bay Area Health Inequities Initiative
This guide describes how to collect, analyze, and share data related to the social determinants of health, and identifies a core set of fifteen indicators.

Survey/AssessmentCommunity Engagement Assessment Tool
Building the Field of Community Engagement
This tool helps organizations improve their community engagement efforts by assessing their activities on a scale from outreach to engagement.

Report/ArticleCommunity Engagement to Advance Health Equity: Strategies and Tips
Wilder Research
This resource highlights effective community engagement strategies for advancing health equity.

VideoConfronting Power Dynamics and Engaging the Community's Voice in Collective Impact
Collective Impact Forum
This 48-minute video of a plenary discussion with community-based organizations highlights when and how to authentically engage community groups for collective impact.

Report/ArticleCross-Sectoral Collaboration: The State Health Official's Role in Elevating and Promoting Health Equity in All Policies in Minnesota
Bliss DJ, Mishra M, Ayers J, Lupi MV; in Journal of Public Health Management & Practice
This case study highlights the Minnesota Department of Health’s efforts to address health equity, and provides insights into the role of the top state health official.

Guide/ToolkitEffective Communication
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
This excerpt from a larger toolkit identifies strategies for communicating about health equity and social determinants of health.

Survey/AssessmentFoundational Practices for Health Equity: A Learning and Action Tool for State Health Departments
COIIN: Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration
This tool was developed to help leaders in state health departments evaluate their agency's capacity to advance health equity and take action to transform public health practice.

Guide/ToolkitHealth in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments
PHI: Public Health Institute
This guide describes the Health in All Policies approach to health improvement and outlines action steps for implementing this strategy.

Guide/ToolkitHealth in All Policies: Strategies to Promote Innovative Leadership
ASTHO: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
This resource offers information about collaborating effectively across sectors to advance Health in All Policies.

PresentationHealth Equity Presentation
City of Bloomington, MN
This presentation is designed to provide basic information to a group regarding health equity, including definitions and data.

Survey/AssessmentHealth Equity at Work: Skills Assessment of Public Health Staff
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
This report presents recommendations for building workforce capacity to address health equity.

Report/ArticleHennepin County Reduces Unnecessary Job Requirements to Open Up Hiring Opportunities
MinnPost
This news article describes steps taken by Hennepin County to reduce economic disparities by improving county employment.

Webinar/CourseThe Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
APHA: American Public Health Association
This webinar series helps viewers understand race-related health disparities, plan interventions, and engage in a national conversation about race and health.

Survey/AssessmentIntercultural Development Inventory
The IDI is an online survey to assess intercultural competence at both an individual and organizational level.

Report/ArticleMeasurement of Health Disparities, Health Inequities, and Social Determinants of Health to Support the Advancement of Health Equity
Penman-Aguilar A, Talih M, Huang D, Moonesinghe R, Bouye K, Beckles G.; in the Journal for Public Health Management & Practice
This article recommends a set of five practices for measuring health disparities, health equity, and social determinants of health.

VideoMoving the Race Conversation Forward
Center for Racial Justice Innovation
This four-minute video highlights the need to talk about race and racism at the systems level in order to advance racial justice.

Guide/ToolkitPrinciples of Community Engagement, Second Edition
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This foundational publication describes how to engage a community effectively, and outlines the capacities an organization needs in order to do so.

Report/ArticleThe Public Health Nurse's Role in Achieving Health Equity: Eliminating Inequalities in Health
Association of Public Health Nurses
This paper discusses advancing health equity by building on the core competencies of public health nursing, and includes a supplemental resource list.

Report/ArticleRipple Effect Mapping: Visually Capturing the Impacts of Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes to Advance Health Equity
Wilder Research
This brief report describes a unique approach to evaluating the impact and value of complex, multi-partner projects to advance health equity.

Webinar/CourseRoots of Health Inequity
NACCHO: National Association of County and City Health Officials
This structured online learning collaborative for public health practitioners will help improve and apply their knowledge and skills related to health equity.

Webinar/CourseSpent
Urban Ministries of Durham
Spent is a quick and easy web-based game that builds understanding about how low-wage jobs affect individuals and families.

Guide/ToolkitTHRIVE: Tool for Health & Resilience in Vulnerable Environments
Prevention Institute
THRIVE is a framework for understanding how community conditions impact health and a tool for engaging others to take action to improve those conditions.

Report/ArticleWhat Are Health Disparities and Health Equity? We Need to Be Clear
Public Health Reports
This two-page article helps readers understand the difference between health equity and health disparities.

VideoWith Health and Justice for All
APHA: American Public Health Association
This three-minute video from APHA visually depicts the school-to-prison pipeline.

 

Show organizational commitment

Learn more about show organizational commitment.

Report/Article10 Promising Practices to Reduce Social Inequities in Health
Sudbury & District Health Unit
This literature review for local public health practitioners summarizes promising practices to impact health equity.

Guide/ToolkitA Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This guide helps public health professionals incorporate the goal of health equity into current public health practice.

Guide/ToolkitAdvancing the Mission: Tools for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Annie E. Casey Foundation
This resource contains eight tools to help organizations identify opportunities to integrate equity goals into their programs and operations.

Guide/ToolkitDeveloping an Equity Impact Statement
The Praxis Project
This tool helps jurisdictions evaluate the impact of a program, policy, or decision on equity.

Survey/AssessmentGuide/ToolkitEquity and Empowerment Lens - First Version
Multnomah County, OR
This guide to a series of tools can help an organization assess programs or policies for equity impacts, and implement an action plan to improve equity.

Survey/AssessmentGuide/ToolkitEquity and Empowerment Lens [Updated]
Multnomah County, OR
This updated version of an assessment tool helps you consider equity-related impacts of an issue, program, or policy decision and new tools to support action steps for advancing equity.

Survey/AssessmentFoundational Practices for Health Equity: A Learning and Action Tool for State Health Departments
COIIN: Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration
This tool was developed to help leaders in state health departments evaluate their agency's capacity to advance health equity and take action to transform public health practice.

Guide/ToolkitGuidelines for Achieving Health Equity in Practice
NACCHO: National Association of County and City Health Officials
This three-page document modifies the ten essential services to incorporate health equity.

Survey/AssessmentIntercultural Development Inventory
The IDI is an online survey to assess intercultural competence at both an individual and organizational level.

Guide/ToolkitOrganizational Self-Assessment for Addressing Health Inequities Toolkit
BARHII: Bay Area Health Inequities Initiative
This toolkit provides data-gathering tools to help local health departments identify the skills and infrastructure they need to advance health equity.

Survey/AssessmentPresentationRacial Equity Assessment Toolkit
City of St. Paul
This presentation provides training on the use of a Racial Equity Assessment Tool for analyzing the the impact of policies, procedures, services, and budget decisions on populations of color.

Survey/AssessmentRacial Equity Plan Materials
City of Portland, OR
This extensive spreadsheet and user guide offers a structured way to conduct an organizational assessment.

Survey/AssessmentRacial Equity and Social Justice Tool
City of Madison, WI
This assessment tool evaluates how decisions might impact low-income populations and communities of color.

Guide/ToolkitRacial Equity Toolkit to Assess Policies, Initiatives, Programs, and Budget Issues
City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative
This seven-page toolkit describes six steps for evaluating the impact of a program, policy, initiative, or budget decision on racial equity.

 

Authentically engage with the community

Learn more about authentically engage with the community.

Guide/ToolkitA Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This guide helps public health professionals incorporate the goal of health equity into current public health practice.

Webinar/CourseAdvancing Racial Equity through Community Engagement in Collective Impact
Collective Impact Forum
This webinar highlights examples community engagement activities to address racial equity in four cities, and lessons learned from those activities.

Survey/AssessmentCommunity Engagement Assessment Tool
Building the Field of Community Engagement
This tool helps organizations improve their community engagement efforts by assessing their activities on a scale from outreach to engagement.

Report/ArticleCommunity Engagement to Advance Health Equity: Strategies and Tips
Wilder Research
This resource highlights effective community engagement strategies for advancing health equity.

Report/ArticleCommunity Voices: Reducing Tobacco-Related Health Inequities
Minnesota Department of Health
This report provides a summary of a community engagement effort to learn more about tobacco-related health inequities from the most impacted communities themselves.

VideoConfronting Power Dynamics and Engaging the Community's Voice in Collective Impact
Collective Impact Forum
This 48-minute video of a plenary discussion with community-based organizations highlights when and how to authentically engage community groups for collective impact.

Report/ArticleEmbracing Equity in Community Health Improvement
Health Resources in Action
This paper discusses how to intentionally integrate equity into community health improvement planning.

Survey/AssessmentEquity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice, Version 1
SOPHIA: Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment
This evaluation tool can help assure that equity is adequately considered in all phases of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA).

Guide/ToolkitHealth and Well-Being for All: Accelerating Learning about Social Determinants
CDC Foundation
This "meeting in a box" provides interactive materials you can use to discuss the factors that affect health, and for conversations about how to take action through teamwork and cross-sector collaboration.

Guide/ToolkitHealth Equity and Prevention Primer
Prevention Institute
This primer includes presentations and other resources to convey the importance of working on health equity, and provides ideas for where to start.

Guide/ToolkitPrinciples of Community Engagement, Second Edition
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This foundational publication describes how to engage a community effectively, and outlines the capacities an organization needs in order to do so.

Guide/ToolkitTHRIVE: Tool for Health & Resilience in Vulnerable Environments
Prevention Institute
THRIVE is a framework for understanding how community conditions impact health and a tool for engaging others to take action to improve those conditions.

 

Collect and use data for change

Learn more about collect and use data for change.

Guide/ToolkitA Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This guide helps public health professionals incorporate the goal of health equity into current public health practice.

Webinar/CourseAchieving Equity with Results-Based Accountability
Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE)
This 1.5-hour webinar focuses on using Results-Based Accountability (RBA) to advance racial equity.

Report/ArticleAdvancing Health Equity: Case Studies of Health Equity Practice in Four Award-Winning California Health Departments
Berkeley Media Studies Group
This resource profiles four California local health departments and their efforts to advance health equity: their successes, challenges, vision for the future, and lessons learned.

Guide/ToolkitApplying Social Determinants of Health Indicator Data for Advancing Health Equity
BARHII: Bay Area Health Inequities Initiative
This guide describes how to collect, analyze, and share data related to the social determinants of health, and identifies a core set of fifteen indicators.

Survey/AssessmentEquity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice, Version 1
SOPHIA: Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment
This evaluation tool can help assure that equity is adequately considered in all phases of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA).

Guide/ToolkitHealth Equity and Prevention Primer
Prevention Institute
This primer includes presentations and other resources to convey the importance of working on health equity, and provides ideas for where to start.

Guide/ToolkitHealthy People 2020: Social Determinants of Health
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This website provides an overview of social determinants of health, identifies 10-year health objectives related to the social determinants of health, and provides links to data and other resources.

Report/ArticleMeasurement of Health Disparities, Health Inequities, and Social Determinants of Health to Support the Advancement of Health Equity
Penman-Aguilar A, Talih M, Huang D, Moonesinghe R, Bouye K, Beckles G.; in the Journal for Public Health Management & Practice
This article recommends a set of five practices for measuring health disparities, health equity, and social determinants of health.

Guide/ToolkitNational Equity Atlas
PolicyLink, University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
The National Equity Atlas is an online resource for data on race, and publications that make an economic case for racial equity.

Report/ArticleOpportunity for All: The Path to Health Equity
Sudbury & District Health Unit
Opportunity for All provides an example from Canada about how to use local data to inform community conversations about health equity.

Report/ArticleRipple Effect Mapping: Visually Capturing the Impacts of Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes to Advance Health Equity
Wilder Research
This brief report describes a unique approach to evaluating the impact and value of complex, multi-partner projects to advance health equity.

 

Influence public policy

Learn more about influence public policy.

Webinar/CourseAchieving Equity with Results-Based Accountability
Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE)
This 1.5-hour webinar focuses on using Results-Based Accountability (RBA) to advance racial equity.

Guide/ToolkitAddressing the Social Determinants of Health through the Community Health Improvement Matrix
NACCHO: National Association of County and City Health Officials
This brief discusses how to determine whether you address social determinants of health in community health improvement activities.

Report/ArticleAdvancing Health Equity: Case Studies of Health Equity Practice in Four Award-Winning California Health Departments
Berkeley Media Studies Group
This resource profiles four California local health departments and their efforts to advance health equity: their successes, challenges, vision for the future, and lessons learned.

Report/ArticleCross-Sectoral Collaboration: The State Health Official's Role in Elevating and Promoting Health Equity in All Policies in Minnesota Bliss DJ, Mishra M, Ayers J, Lupi MV; in Journal of Public Health Management & Practice
This case study highlights the Minnesota Department of Health’s efforts to address health equity, and provides insights into the role of the top state health official.

Guide/ToolkitDeveloping an Equity Impact Statement
The Praxis Project
This tool helps jurisdictions evaluate the impact of a program, policy, or decision on equity.

Guide/ToolkitHealth in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments
PHI: Public Health Institute
This guide describes the Health in All Policies approach to health improvement and outlines action steps for implementing this strategy.

Guide/ToolkitHealth in All Policies: Strategies to Promote Innovative Leadership
ASTHO: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
This resource offers information about collaborating effectively across sectors to advance Health in All Policies.

PresentationHealth in All Policies: The What, Why, and How...
Hennepin County
This presentation articulates why Hennepin County should implement a Health in All Policies approach, and how it might do so.

Guide/ToolkitHealth Equity and Prevention Primer
Prevention Institute
This primer includes presentations and other resources to convey the importance of working on health equity, and provides ideas for where to start.

Report/ArticleMinnesota's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model
PolicyLink
This report makes the economic case for health equity from a policymaker's perspective.

Survey/AssessmentPresentationRacial Equity Assessment Toolkit
City of St. Paul
This presentation provides training on the use of a Racial Equity Assessment Tool for analyzing the the impact of policies, procedures, services, and budget decisions on populations of color.

Survey/AssessmentRacial Equity and Social Justice Tool
City of Madison, WI
This assessment tool evaluates how decisions might impact low-income populations and communities of color.

Guide/ToolkitRacial Equity Toolkit to Assess Policies, Initiatives, Programs, and Budget Issues
City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative
This seven-page toolkit describes six steps for evaluating the impact of a program, policy, initiative, or budget decision on racial equity.

Fact SheetToward a Healthier County: Health in All Policies
Hennepin County
This fact sheet provides basic information on Health in All Policies as a health improvement strategy and what it means for county programs.

About the Resource Library for Advancing Health Equity in Public Health: This resource library was created for local health departments to use as they continue to build their capacity to advance health equity, and was developed under the direction of the SCHSAC Advancing Health Equity Workgroup. It groups various guides, videos, assessments, and other materials into six public health practices.

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