Building the Capacity of Public Health to Advance Equity

CommunityPhotoThe 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.

NCHE will work with National Association of County & City Health Officials, Association of State Territorial Health Officials, National Indian Health Board, and select organizations in WKKF’s priority areas to examine governmental public health’s capacity to advance health equity. Milken Institute SPH will evaluate federal policy and current philanthropic efforts to identify opportunities for investment. PI will assess community-based perspectives on public health skills, assets, and capacity. The project will culminate with a final report of recommendations.

The project is funded by three grants totaling nearly $2 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) of Battle Creek, Mich.