Building the Capacity of Public Health to Advance Equity

The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) and Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) of Washington, DC; along with Prevention Institute (PI) of Oakland, Calif., will take stock of existing public health departments’ practices and policies relevant to equity, community engagement, and social determinants of health. Using this data, they will identify opportunities and strategies that health departments can employ to advance racial, social, and health equity.


The National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION are proud to co-lead Culture of Health Leaders, a new national leadership development program preparing leaders from all sectors to promote health equity and build healthy communities.



The National Collaborative for Health Equity is proud to partner with leaders around the country working to advance health equity. This initiative, formerly known as Place Matters, seeks to improve community conditions for health under a new brand identity: COLLABORATIVES FOR HEALTH EQUITY.

Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Measures Project

The HOPE Measures project aims to expand understanding of the determinants and drivers of health opportunity for a diverse set of stakeholders including policymakers, researchers, advocates, public administrators and communities and provide analyses that spur action on inequities.


The Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network (HELEN) provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among health equity champions around the country.


National Collaborative for Health Equity - Working with people, partners, and a purpose

In our country, not everyone has a fair chance to achieve their best health.  In particular, many communities of color face one barrier after another to the opportunity for good health.  There are many reasons for this, including a lack of healthy food, safe playgrounds for children, and inviting places for citizens to work, learn, and study.

At the National Collaborative for Health Equity, we’re working to identify and address the social, economic, and environmental causes of racial and ethnic health inequities, and to build the kinds of leadership and partnerships necessary to improve conditions for health.

We work within and with our communities – recognizing and honoring their deep knowledge, power, and resiliency – to eliminate health inequities and the systems that produce them.

We’ll continue to work to reverse the damage resulting from racism and other destructive social hierarchies across a range of sectors and areas of life.  Our goal is to support and arm leaders with tools in their field to advance equity through programs and initiatives that build leadership, connect partners and sectors, and measure conditions for health.

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The National Collaborative for Health Equity works to advance health equity by measuring conditions for health, building leadership, and connecting partners and sectors to dismantle structures and systems that maintain status quo inequality.


Beyond Bias Webinar Series

Beyond Bias Webinar Series

Archive, Webinar | September 15 2016

Beyond Bias is a two-part webinar series sponsored by the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) and the Within Our Lifetime Network (WOL), in partnership with The Perception Institute. Part I — Part I of the Beyond Bias series took a...

Just Medicine – Making the ACA Vision a Reality For African Americans

Just Medicine – Making the ACA Vision a Reality For African Americans

Articles, Events | September 13 2016

Health Equity Panel for ALC 2016 Walter E. Washington Convention Center Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:00PM – 4:00PM, Room 147A A series of provocative conversations among doctors, social scientists, legislators, activists, and lawyers...

New RWJF Leadership Program Launches: Nearly 40 Social Innovators From Across Sectors Selected to Build Culture of Health

New RWJF Leadership Program Launches: Nearly 40 Social Innovators From Across Sectors Selected to Build Culture of Health

Archive, Articles | September 12 2016

CONTACT Theresa Lewallen 202-789-3533 September 12, 2016 [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2016 New Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Program Launches: Nearly 40 Social Innovators From Across...



“NCHE is at the forefront of the health equity movement – advancing the national conversation, bringing policymakers and stakeholders together, and developing innovative strategies to meet the needs of underserved communities. I look forward to our continued collaboration on these critical endeavors.”

Daniel E. Dawes, J.D.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. The National Collaborative for Health Equity is leading us there by building a diverse team of change agents, who together can reduce health disparities and create the healthiest nation.”

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of APHA, American Public Health Association

“At at time when racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality is increasingly in the national headlines, the National Collaborative for Health Equity is building on more than a decade of related work with diverse community leaders across America.Together they are building support for interventions that help to identify and undo the health consequences of racism, the embedded belief in a hierarchy of human value. Their work continues to help communities and our nation heal.”

Dr. Gail C. Christopher, D.N. Vice President, Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, W.K Kellogg Foundation