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FCHD Health Equity Leadership Experience

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The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) collaborated with IPHI to create a Health Equity Leadership Experience (HELE) program. HELE is a key part of FCHD’s Equity Action Plan for agency leaders, managers, and front-line staff.


IPHI’s Healthy and Equitable Communities Workshop, a 16-hour core training on health equity and racial and social justice, helped develop the HELE curriculum.

HELE was designed to lead participants through an exploration of structural racism and other oppressive systems. Based on best practices and IPHI’s experience working in various public health and community settings, the curriculum was adapted to meet FCHD’s needs. The training covers a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Diversity
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Community participation and power
  • Communication skills
  • Action planning

The curriculum uses adult learning theory to ensure that materials, training methods, and small group exercises are relevant to learners’ daily work. Interactive presentation styles use verbal responses, a chat function, Jamboard, Google Docs, polls, and other strategies.

The HELE program was specifically created for FCHD, assisting the department in transforming its organizational culture through a racial and social equity lens. Contact IPHI to explore ways we can support transformative equity initiatives at your organization!

To learn more about how IPHI can help your organization’s health equity initiatives, please contact us at [email protected].