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Promoting the Integration of Equity in All Policies & Programs

This NPA priority promotes the consideration of equity in the development and implementation of all policies and programs of public and private organizations, in recognition that all policies and programs have the potential to impact health and the social determinants of health. This priority area embraces an approach that seeks to engage both public and private organizations to leverage their policies and programs to assure the conditions for optimal health for all people.

Between 2014 and 2015, the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) has engaged in activities to build the capacity of federal and non-federal sector leaders to take action to drive equity in health and the social determinants of health, cultivate cross-sector partnerships for health equity, and share relevant models for action. Examples:

  • In May 2014, the FIHET launched an “Equity in All Policies” webinar series to increase access of decision makers to current practices and innovative strategies for considering equity in policies and programs leadership for activities.
  • In March 2015, the FIHET commenced a “Health Equity Mapping ” pilot to work collaboratively with volunteer FIHET organizations to map the relationship between their priorities and core functions and the attainment of health equity. This project will allow participant organizations understand how their missions and activities shape health and the distribution of resources for health.
  • In September 2015, the FIHET collaborated with the Democracy Collaborative Exit Disclaimer to convene leaders from the federal and non-federal leaders from health, community economic development and other sectors to identify key conditions needed to drive strategic cross-sector collaboration to promote health equity.

Several Regional Health Equity Councils have published or are currently compiling data on the state of health disparities within their regions to provide decision makers about health disparities issues affecting populations within their regions. These publications include regional blueprints and health equity report cards.

Also, the NPA has collaborated with non-governmental partners, such as the National Indian Health Board Exit Disclaimer (NIHB), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Exit Disclaimer (ASTHO) and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Exit Disclaimer (NACDD,) given their role as conveners of key decision-makers at the state and local levels. These collaborations aim to increase the capacity of target decision makers to address health equity through their programs, and facilitate the exchange of information about innovative strategies and barriers to success and emerging needs for this area of practice.

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