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Cross-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

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This article describes the Minnesota Department of Health’s efforts to promote health equity, and shift the narrative about what creates health to emphasize the social conditions that affect opportunity to be healthy. It weaves together research that supports the connection between health disparities and social determinants of health, and lays out a framework for a health in all policies approach to improving health for all.

The paper describes the role of the top health official, highlighting three key functions: (1) to convene stakeholders around health equity by engaging the community in a common vision; (2) to successfully communicate public health messages based in a health equity frame to diverse audiences; and (3) to use one's leadership position to draw attention to key issues, connect with different constituencies, recognize people’s skills, and learn from others.

Finally, this paper walks through lessons learned, which may be beneficial to other state and local leaders as they address health equity within their own jurisdictions.

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​This resource would be helpful for directors of public health organizations when considering their leadership role, and the ways in which they might work to advance health equity in the community.

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This article is a relatively easy read and provides a good background for leaders as they contemplate defining their role on addressing health equity in their communities.

The paper focuses on the role of the state health official, but the leadership qualities and roles outlined are applicable to local leaders as well.

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Cross-Sectoral Collaboration: The State Health Official's Role in Elevating and Promoting Health Equity in All Policies in Minnesota

Full citation: Bliss DJ, Mishra M, Ayers J, Lupi MV. (2016). Cross-sectoral collaboration: the state health official's role in elevating and promoting health equity in all policies in Minnesota. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice 22:S87-S93.

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Img   Develop organizational knowledge and skills to advance health equity
Img   Work at the policy level to advance health equity