Track 4 - Health Equity
Sharing Session - 60 Minutes
C13 - In Pursuit of Changing a Health Department to a Culture of Health Equity: The Denver Public Health Story
Wednesday, July 11
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Balcony J
Denver Public Health (DPH) is on the path to fully embrace the power of health equity in the design, implementation, and evaluation of our programs, policies, and practices. DPH is an innovative, nationally recognized public health department that collaborates with partners to inform, educate, offer services, and promote policy change to make Denver a healthy community for all people. In working to transform our work and our culture, DPH leadership committed to ensuring that health equity was embedded across all areas. As such, the cross-divisional and diverse Health Equity Committee was formed to identify key health equity objectives to include in our three-year strategic plan.
This interactive session will describe the methods and strategies for institutionalizing health equity within a local health department through a rigorous strategic planning process with key objectives and goals to enhance staff capability and organizational capacity to advance health equity in Denver. This session will also clearly demonstrate the power of a staff-driven committee. We will describe how this motivated team was able to positively impact the staff and leadership of a local public health department in an informative and inclusive way to advance equity. We will also describe key strategies to advance equity, including igniting leadership transformation, training and learning opportunities for all staff, community engagement, and the creation of a health equity coordinator position.
Health Equity, Leadership & Management, Planning/Strategic Planning