189923 A Framework for Achieving Health Equity

Monday, October 27, 2008: 10:35 AM

Mia Luluquisen, DrPH, MPH, RN , Alameda County Public Health Department, Community Asssessment Planning and Education/Evaluation Unit, Oakland, CA
Sandra Witt, DrPH, MPH , Deputy Director of Planning, Policy and Health Equity, Alameda County Public Health Department, Oakland, CA
Katherine Schaff, MPH , Alameda County Public Health Department, Community Assessment Planning and Education/Evalution Unit, Oakland, CA
This presentation reviews the Alameda County Health Department's three complimentary strategies for achieving health equity. (1) Our local policy agenda is founded in data, is community driven, and is implemented through multi-sectoral partnerships. (2) community capacity building approach identifies neighborhood assets and helps residents increase their social, economic and political power. (3) Our internal capacity building efforts include a participatory strategic planning process, a Public Health 101 training program, and other strategies.

The presentation explores intersections, prerequisites for implementation and legitimizing this work through our report, "Life and Death from Unnatural Causes: Health and Social Inequities in Alameda County."

Learning Objectives:
Describe 3 strategies - local policy work, community capacity building, and internal capacity building - that the ACPHD is using to move the department toward addressing the social determinants of health and achieving health equity.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As part of our public health department leadership team I have been responsible for guiding the department's work to eliminate health inequities using a social justice framework. In addition I routinely present the work of the public health department to internal and external partners, and have assisted with the development of trainings for staff and community residents.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.