228557 Organizational Self-Assessment for Addressing Health Inequities: Tools, guidelines and resultant organizational changes at a local public health department

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Sandi Galvez, MSW , Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative, Oakland, CA
Victoria Breckwich Vasquez, DrPH, MPH, MA , Community Health Action & Assessment Section, City of Berkeley Public Health Division, Berkeley, CA
Bob Prentice, PhD , Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative, Oakland, CA
Edith Cabuslay, MPH , Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention, Public Health, San Mateo County Health System, San Mateo, CA
Virginia Smyly, MPH, CHES , Community Health Promotion & Prevention, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Kate Clayton, MPH , Health Promotion Section, City of Berkeley Public Health Division, Berkeley, CA
Kimi Watkins-Tartt , Alameda County Public Health Department, Oakland, CA
Katherine Schaff, MPH , Alameda County Public Health Department, Community Assessment Planning and Education/Evalution Unit, Oakland, CA
Christina Goette, MPH , San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Joe Balabis, MPH, CPH , Health Policy and Planning, San Mateo County Health System, San Mateo, CA
Jenny Chacon, MPH , San Francisco Dept. of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Zandra Lee , City of Berkeley Public Health Division, Berkeley, CA
Kathleen Paulo, MSW , Alameda County Public Health Department, Oakland, CA
Maryann Morgan, MPH , City of Berkeley Public Health Division, Berkeley, CA
Frima Stewart, MSW , Consultant, San Rafael, CA
Njoke Thomas, MSPH , Eqality in Health Initiative, The Partnship for Families & Children, Denver, CO
The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), a collaboration of the eleven public health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area, was formed to transform public health practice to achieve health equity and to build healthier communities. BARHII focuses on the underlying social conditions that contribute to health inequities and on the institutional policies and practices that shape those conditions. BARHII has developed the Organizational Self-Assessment for Addressing Health Inequities. It is presented in a toolkit complete with tools and guidelines that help identify skills, organizational practices and infrastructure needed to address health equity and facilitate local health departments taking steps to address the social determinants of health. It serves as the baseline measure of capacity, skills and areas for improvement to support health equity-focused activities; inventories the presence of a set of organizational and individual traits that support health equity-focused work; provides information to guide strategic planning processes; and serves as an ongoing tool to assess progress towards identified goals developed though the assessment process. The development of the self-assessment tools was informed by an extensive review of public health and organizational development literature, as well as a review of existing organizational and cultural competency assessment tools. The self-assessment was pilot-tested at the City of Berkeley Public Health Division and the tools were further refined based on the pilot experience. The toolkit, lessons learned from the tool development and piloting process, resultant organizational changes in the pilot site, and recommendations for adaptation will be shared.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will: Name a set of tools available to a local public health department to address health inequities; List four of the essential competencies and organizational policies that BARHII has identified for addressing health inequities. Articulate the benefits of completing a Self-Assessment within a local public health department; Assess the ability of implementing a Self-Assessment process in a their own local public health department Identify ways the tools that can be adapted for use in their own public health department.

Keywords: Organizational Change, Local Public Health Agencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee organizational development programs at BARHII
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.