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This is a highly curated list of resources to support public health change agents advancing population health and equity.  Many more tools to take action can be found in the population health and equity resource databases below.


Equity and Racial Justice

Levels of Racism: A Theoretical Framework and a Gardener’s Tale

By: Dr. Camara Jones, American Journal of Public Health

Description:  A framework and allegory for different levels of racism

How Racism Makes Us Sick

By: David Williams, TED

Description: How everyday racism and structural inequities add up to poor health and life outcomes

The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-being of the Nation Webinar Series

By: American Public Health Association

Description: A series of webinars on racism and its impact on health and well-being designed for public health practitioners

Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series and Discussion Guide

By: American Public Health Association

Description: A series of webinars and discussion guides to facilitate conversations about racism and racial health equity for public health and community practitioners

Countering the Production of Health Inequities

By: Prevention Institute

Description: A systematic look at how exclusionary policies and systems produce health inequities in different neighborhoods by sector from the Prevention Institute

Improving Health Equity through Rural Economic Development

By: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Description: Webinar describing the link between rural educational and economic development and health outcomes in Klamath County, Oregon

Resource Library for Advancing Health Equity in Public Health

By: Minnesota Department of Health

Description: Tools for public health departments taking action to advance health equity


Ten Essential Practices for Transforming Regional Health and Well-being Through Regional Stewardship

By: ReThink Health

Description: Toolkit about what inclusive stewardship is and how stewards can work together to advance equitable health and well-being

A Pathway to Building Health and Well-being Through Regional Stewardship

By: ReThink Health

Description: Describes the journey of stewardship in the context of community collaboration


Advancing Health Equity: Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts

By: American Medical Association

Description: Better language to advance health equity

Promoting Internal Communication

By: Center for Community Health and Development,University of Kansas

Description: How to make sure that your organization runs smoothly and effectively by promoting official and unofficial internal communication

Types of Communication Networks

By: Fundamentals of Management

Description: Describes five types of communication networks that can occur in an organization or community

Communication Toolkit

By: Everyday Democracy

Description: A toolkit for equitable communications in the context of community change

Public Health Reaching Across Sectors

By: deBeaumont Foundation

Description: Tools and strategies for public health to communicate with other sectors

Addressing Health Misinformation

By: Office of the Surgeon General

Description: Curated toolkit with communication strategies from the Office of the Surgeon General

Partnerships with people with lived experience of inequities

Engaging People with Lived Experience: A Toolkit

By: Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Description: Toolkit with detailed strategies for engaging people with lived experience into care and change processes

Partnering with People with Lived Experience toolkit

By: 100 Million Healthier Lives, convened by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Description: From invitation to team integration to the life cycle of partnership and offers tools and resources to engage community residents in change processes

Data and equity

National Equity Atlas

By: PolicyLink

Description: deeply disaggregated, longitudinal data on demographic change, racial and economic inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity for the largest 100 cities, largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the United States.

Health Impact Assessment

By: Georgia Health Policy Center

Description: Tools to understand health and equity impacts of policies and programs across sectors, applied as part of a Health in All Policies Approach

Well Being In the Nation Measures

By: Well Being In the Nation Network

Description: A measurement framework and library developed together with community residents that aligns with improving the health and well-being of people, places, and equity.  Offers measures by sector that can be aligned with strategies to address health equity.

Community collaboration

Building a Diverse Coalition

By: Everyday Democracy

Description: Strategies to recruit diverse leaders and community residents into your community coalition

Understanding the Collaboration Continuum

By: Adapted from Himmelman, A by Mashek D.

Description:  Describes levels of collaboration and the capacities needed for each level.

Community Toolbox

By: Center for Community Health and Development,University of Kansas

Description: Database of resources to build thriving community coalitions

10 Dangers of Collective Impact

By: Paul Schmitz, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Description: A succinct guide about what NOT to do in community collaboration

Budgeting and payment

Budgeting for Health

By: Deepa Rajan, Helene Barroy, and Karin Stenberg, World Health Organization

Description: A resource guide for health agencies to build budgets across sectors for health.

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