229630 King County WA equity & social justice initiative: Working toward fairness and opportunity for all

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Sandra Ciske, MN, RN , Regional Health Officer, Seattle King County Public Health, Seattle, WA
In February 2008, King County launched the Equity & Social Justice Initiative to eliminate persistent inequities in health and well being. The goal of the Initiative is for all King County residents to live in communities of opportunity where all people thrive. The Initiative aims to improve conditions for people of color, low income residents and ethnic groups with limited English proficiency and focuses on 13 social, economic and physical environments that are the determinants of health and equity. This session will focus on how King County takes a comprehensive, systems-level approach and how it measures and monitors the impact of these actions on equity in the following areas: policy development and decision-making to examine the impacts of current policies and practices that promote equity or contribute to inequity; delivery of county services and organizational practices through executive departments' commitments to specific actions that promote equity and social justice; and community engaement to increase awareness, build partnerships and address structural changes that improve conditions where people live, work and play. In working in these areas, the Initiative has established baseline measures and the long-term results to measure progress prioritized two results areas for deeper work cross-departmentally and through partnerships with key stakeholders (equity in organizational practices and affordable, healthy, green-built housing) and developed Equity Impact Review tools and a Community Engagement Guide for internal operations.

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

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the comprehensive approach taken by King County to address the social and environmental determinants of health and equity; 2. Differentiate uses of the various tools created by the Initiative, in particular the Equity Impact Review tools and the Community Engagement Guide; 3. Discuss factors contributing to success and challenges

Keywords: Community Involvement, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the facilitative lead for the King County Equity and Social Justice Initiative and have contributed to the development of the tools described in this presentation.
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.

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