The historic and present-day impact of structural racism and other forms of oppression has created dramatic differences in health across populations and communities. Where we live can impact our access to resources and can ultimately influence a variety of health outcomes. When there is a difference in health status among distinct segments of the population, there is a health disparity. Health inequities are disparities which are modifiable, associated with social disadvantage, and considered ethically unfair. Health equity is the concept that people should have the opportunity to attain their full health potential and have fair opportunities in housing, transportation, employment, education, and other factors considered determinants of health.
In order to address the preventable and unjust health inequities found in communities throughout the United States, IPHI offers trainings and technical assistance to organizations and coalitions. Our trainings fuse theory with practice and allow participants to apply the knowledge and tools presented in training and implement them in their everyday work to create healthy, equitable, thriving communities.
Training content includes:
- Health equity and racial and social justice definitions and concepts
- Multi-level structure of racism and other forms of oppression
- Implicit bias
- Community participation and power
- Strategies to communicate equity to stakeholders and decision-makers
- The use of equity impact review tools to develop policy, systems, and environmental changes
Our team has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to traditional (e.g. health departments, hospitals, FQHCs) and non-traditional (e.g. planning, transportation, housing, social services, faith-based, advocacy) public health organizations and across sectors (e.g. government, business, non-profit, grassroots). Offerings can be tailored based on the needs of individual organizations.