Description for Publication : Both Public Health 3.0 and Healthy People 2030 center the elimination of health disparities and achievement of health equity as critical to the health and well-being of all. Operating at the community level, local health departments (LHDs) are well-positioned to engage with community partners, policymakers, and the public to create the social and policy change needed to address inequity and advance health equity. However, many LHDs are unsure about how to even talk about the issue. At some agencies, people hear the word ‘equity,’ equate it to an issue of race, and don’t think they have a role because they serve a predominately white jurisdiction. At others, staff may be hesitant to start a discussion out of fear of backlash or defensiveness. And at others, they simply don’t have a basic understanding of what equity really is or how it matters to their work. This workshop aims to mitigate these barriers by: 1) exploring the historical roots of inequity and explaining how modern-day inequity exists beyond racial lines, 2) equipping participants with the skills and tools needed to prepare for conversations about equity, and 3) sharing best practices for helping LHD staff and stakeholders (e.g., community partners, policymakers, the public) to more clearly see their role in equity work.
Live-streamed workshops will be run through Zoom Meetings. Please make sure you are able to participate using your computer microphone and webcam. Workshop organizers will receive a list of registrants prior to the start of the conference and may provide participants with supplemental materials. These workshops have been designed to be highly interactive and open discussion and participation is encouraged.
LO1 - Describe at least 2 ways local (i.e., county or sub-county) data can be available to unmask health gaps and improve population health outcomes