ASSESS

Take the Compass to see where your health
department is on its population health and equity journey.

Photo Credit to Jordan Madrid

What is the Pathways to Population Health Equity (P2PHE) Compass?

The P2PHE Compass is a tool to help public health change agents see where they are in their health equity journey. Like any good compass, it can be used to enable individuals to look ahead and chart a path forward. This should ultimately be done in collaboration with communities that are not thriving. In the early stages of implementation, a health department might use it to prepare for a more comprehensive equity journey.

How the Compass is Structured

  • Equity

  • Stewardship

CORE TRANSFORMATION SKILLS

  • Partnerships with People with Lived Experience

  • Understanding our populations with an equity lens

  • Community Collaboration

  • Budgeting and Payment

PHYSICAL AND/OR MENTAL HEALTH OF PEOPLE

  • Data for physical and/or mental health

  • Advance population health strategies

  • Direct care services

    • Integrated care

    • Care management

ROOT CAUSES

  • Power sharing

  • Growing community leadership and voice

  • Institutional/ health department policy

  • Public policy and context

  • Directing fiscal and human resources

  • Aligning and leveraging assets

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SOCIAL AND/OR SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE

  • Data for social and/or spiritual well-being

  • Planning around social needs

  • Direct care services:

    • Screen for and address social needs

COMMUNITY CONDITIONS

  • Common vision

  • Concrete aims

  • Shared theory of change/
    community strategy

  • Set measures with the community

  • Community access to data

Who should use the Compass? 

The Compass is for any public health change agent.  A public health change agent is anyone working to improve the health and well-being of the public!  You can take the Compass just to assess your health department or to advance a broader health equity community collaboration.

The P2PHE Compass can be used by:

  • an individual taking this assessment to assess their health department they are getting started

  • a health equity team working within a health department or agency

  • a community or state collaboration including multi sector leaders and community residents 

The online assessment makes it easy for a group of people to take the Compass together, learn from diverse perspectives and chart a path forward together.

Using The Compass

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Take the Compass

Remember: there is no right answer.  Just choose “don’t know” for any questions you feel unprepared to answer.

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Talk it Through

If you took the Compass as a group (recommended), discuss questions for which you might have a difference of 4 or more in your scores to understand each other’s perspectives.  Arrive at a common score based on your conversation.

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Set goals and chart a path forward.

Identify up to five priorities (questions) to work on and develop a transformation plan. Decide on a goal for each of these items. Create an improvement plan for each of these priorities (see Act)  

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Reassess

Reassess your progress every 3-6 months for just the improvement questions you chose.  Take the full Compass at least once a year.

I would like to take the Compass

(Note:  These are *NOT* the links to use for an ARISE application.  Please contact your assessment leader to get the right one.)

In my community
collaboration: