Racial Healing & Racial Equity


The goal of NCHE’s Racial Equity & Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) is to jettison the false belief in the hierarchy of human value; while committing to transforming our culture into one that honors all equally.

NCHE’s racial equity and racial healing initiatives seek to build on national and local efforts, to tell the truth about our pasts to provide a foundation for charting our futures. They provide support and a framework for ongoing racial equity/racial healing activities, recognizing that lasting racial equity and racial healing are inextricably woven together.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has released tools to assist with the national and community-based TRHT plans such as the TRHT implementation guidebook. This guidebook will assist individuals, organizations, communities, and First Nations in planning, implementing and evaluating the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts.


National Day of Racial Healing


The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) is pleased to celebrate the 8th annual National Day of Racial Healing. We applaud the efforts of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the many organizations and individuals that continue to participate and amplify the value of reaching out across racial, ethnic, and other perceived differences to embrace our shared humanity. As part of our commemoration this year, NCHE is releasing five new publications:

These briefs are free and can be downloaded by clicking on the images below.

Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Policy Briefs

(Click the image for the full policy paper)

We are also excited to release, in partnership with Mary Ann Liebert Inc. Publications and the Journal of Health Equity, a roundtable discussion hosted by NCHE’s Executive Director, Dr. Gail Christopher, and featuring the following experts: 

  • Brian Smedley, Senior Fellow at The Urban Institute 
  • Former Attorney General Mark Herring, Partner at Atkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Mike Wenger, Senior Fellow at AAC&U
  • Susan Eaton, Professor of Practice & Director, The Sillerman Center, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
  • Heather McGhee, renowned thought leader and award-winning author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Each expert has done exemplary work to help change the narrative and achieve racial justice and health equity. The roundtable discussion highlights the results of NCHE’s first Heart of America Annual Survey, which revealed that the majority of Americans want to heal from our nation’s past, and almost a third believe that relationship building is critical to help our country see each other through the lens of our shared humanity. The movement is growing. Communities are healing. We are becoming a healthier nation.


TRHT Legacy Places: 15 multi-sector collaborations in different locations across the United States that are participating in the TRHT initiative. They work to replace the belief system that fuels racism with one that sees the inherent value of all people.




Mapping Support for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation

This map, created in partnership with the Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Movement, serves as a living resource for information on various organizations and initiatives committed to racial equity. It includes data from TRHT Movement Organizations, Transitional Justice Initiatives in the United States (NESL/MHC), and Congressional support for TRHT. The map is regularly updated and provides an interactive way to visualize the work being done in the field of racial healing and transformation across the United States.


Resource Type

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Videos, Racial Healing, TRHT | July 14 2020

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation: Dismantling Systemic Racism, From Inner Work to Concrete Action.

Dismantling Racial Hierarchies, Building Equitable Communities, published by AAC&U

Dismantling Racial Hierarchies, Building Equitable Communities, published by AAC&U

Articles, Racial Equity, TRHT | July 2 2020

We Hold These Truths: Dismantling Racial Hierarchies, Building Equitable Communities

Rx Racial Healing

Rx Racial Healing

Videos, Racial Equity, Racial Healing | July 1 2020

Linking the exposure to structural and interpersonal racism, and trauma-informed care, service and educational environments; and related healing concepts.