Online Program

Organizational self assessment for addressing health inequities

Monday, November 4, 2013

Gail Brandt, BS, RD, MPH, EdD, Office of Healthy Communities, Washington State DOH, Olympia, WA
The Organizational self-assessment for addressing health inequities is a tool kit adapted for use by state health departments. The original toolkit and guidance were developed by the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) for use by local health departments. The revised toolkit will be appropriate for use by state health departments. The presenter will give background to development of the original toolkit; provide experience of those health departments that have used the toolkit; and finally describe the revision process with four pilot states. Benefits of the toolkit are: 1) serve as the baseline measure of capacity, skills and areas for improvement to support health equity-focused activities; 2) inventory the presence of a set of research-based organizational and individual traits that support the ability to perform effective health equity-focused work; 3) provide information to guide strategic planning processes and/or the process of developing and implementing strategies that improve capacities; and serve as an ongoing tool to assess progress towards identified goals developed though the assessment process.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify three benefits of completing an organizational self-assessment. Select one strategy from the organizational self-assessment appropriate for use by the departments they represent.

Keyword(s): Health Activism, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am on the development team to revise tools and guidance for use by state health departments. Currently I am supervising the work of four pilot states that are implementing the tool kit and guidance. Once completed, their feedback will inform final revisions. I have been involved in this work for the last 7 years.
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.