Building the Capacity of Public Health to Advance Equity


Building Public Health Capacity to Advance Equity explores governmental public health’s role in advancing health equity with racial equity as a major priority and community engagement as a central strategy. Through literature reviews, key informant interviews and focus groups with health officials, public health experts and community leaders across the country, the report identifies a variety of opportunities for governmental public health to advance equity within health departments, in partnership with other departments and communities, and through national networks of leaders within and outside of public health.

The environmental scan was funded with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our partners on the project were Prevention Institute and George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health, with major contributions by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), National Indian Health Board (NIHB), University of Michigan, University of Mississippi Medical Center, University of New Mexico, and Tulane University with the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (TU-IWES).

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For more information about state and local strategies to improve population health and equity, please visit the Community Guide, Health Equity: