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This toolkit provides resources and tools for communications on creating and maintaining coalitions, increasing participation and membership, communications to promote interest, and encouraging involvement in community work.

This toolkit supports planning for advocacy efforts and responding to opposition with tools and related resources to use to advocate for change in your community.

The fundamental drivers of health inequity are systemic factors that shape people’s physical and social surroundings in ways that create barriers to health. This interactive tool outlines how to address the five fundamental drivers of health inequity by developing legal and policy strategies to transform policies and systems. It provides real-world examples of how communities across the country have used equitable policymaking to confront the drivers of health inequity and create systems change.

THRIVE enables communities to determine how to improve health and safety, and promote health equity. It is a framework for understanding how structural drivers, such as racism, play out at the community level in terms of the social-cultural, physical/built, and economic/ educational environments. We call these community-level indicators the community determinants of health. In addition to being a framework, THRIVE is also a tool for engaging community members and practitioners in assessing the status of community determinants, prioritizing them, and taking action to change them in order to improve health, safety, and health equity. As a framework, THRIVE is widely applicable to local, state, and national initiatives to inform policy and program direction. As a tool, THRIVE can be used in a variety of planning and implementation processes, from neighborhood-level planning to community health needs assessments (CHNA) and community health improvement planning (CHIP) processes.

The Praxis Project uses a social determinants of health (SDOH) framework to guide our work. Many traditional SDOH frameworks lack the explicit naming of systems of oppression that cause disparities in health determinants. In an effort to incorporate these systems of oppression and to highlight the root causes of these determinants from a justice and community power perspective, The Praxis Project created this visual representation. This entire framework—from the root causes, to the social determinants of health, to the subsequent health outcomes—is Praxis’ Social Determinants of Health Equity framework.

Public health and commercial tobacco prevention practitioners have increasingly centered equity in policy development to ensure that policies to combat commercial tobacco–related harms do not unintentionally perpetuate or exacerbate health disparities. This shift includes efforts to improve evaluation activities to better measure health equity impacts related both to outcomes and to how the policy was developed and implemented.

The lists of sample metrics in this resource provide local policymakers, public health practitioners, and community groups with a foundation for further conversation about how we measure the community impact of the policy process. These non-exhaustive lists stem from research across the field of public health; only some correspond to existing examples in commercial tobacco. In time, we hope to share examples of each metric at work and to update the research as we continue to learn from our partners.

The lists and accompanying research in this tool aim to provide . . .

  • Inspiration for new and deeper partnerships throughout the policy process — for example, between local decision makers, partner agencies, community-based organizations, health care partners, other service providers, and residents
  • Data metrics and supporting evidence to help ground and inspire new approaches to evaluating the policy process
  • Avenues for building a network of communities that are making this shift in their approaches to evaluation provisions and plans

In this brief, stock is taken from the existing research on strengths and resilience within Latinx families. Based on the analysis of the literature, this brief provides recommendations to researchers for advancing strength-based research on Latino families and to programs and practitioners for building on Latinx families’ strengths in service delivery.

“Racial Justice and Power-Sharing: The Heart of Leading Systems Change,” a chapter in the book authored by HIP Co-Directors Lili Farhang and Solange Gould, draws on HIP’s experience working with over 100 health departments and public health organizations to unpack the way power operates within social systems and how systems change leaders can center racial justice and power-sharing at the heart of our practice. In the midst of a massive racial reckoning in the United States, it’s as urgent as ever that public health grapples with how to support the Movement for Black Lives and other uprisings for liberation, and organize around a vision of health that is truly equitable. Systems change leadership can be a critical step in that direction.

This guide is intended to serve as a tool to support community organizers — encompassing informal coalitions, grassroots organizations, and individuals — to engage with governmental public health to advance a campaign or policy change goals. Specifically, this guide introduces organizers to the field of public health and lays out resources for how to engage most effectively with local public health departments (“HDs”).

The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) is a web-based training series for public health practitioners and advocates interested in achieving health, safety, and health equity through policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement. Developed with guidance from state and local health department staff and nationally-recognized health equity experts, the Primer includes seven brief, interactive presentations, along with related health equity publications, tools, and other resources.