2016 Presidents Challenge


Triple Aim: Strengthening the capacity of communities to create their own healthy future

Strong public health leadership at the state level can empower and support communities to get involved in creating policies and systems that improve conditions for their residents. State health agencies have a unique opportunity to chart a new course as public health transitions from focusing solely on preventing disease to understanding the whole person and the impact culture, society, and the environment have on a person’s health journey. The President’s Challenge will inspire state health agencies to build strong bridges with local and community organizations who support communities in strengthening their capacity to create their own health future.

Examples of actions that could advance this objective:

  • Form one new nontraditional partnership such as a church or a library
  • Work with community partners on community health needs assessments and implementation strategies
  • Develop a community engagement plan for your health agency

ASTHO Resources

Economic Case for Health Equity
Shows examples of health inequities and their specific effects on the healthcare industry and the associated price impact.

Rhode Island Department of Health Creates Health Equity Zones to Reduce Disparities
Example of Rhode Island’s application of CDC funds - specifically what regions of its population it is going to target. ASTHO blog article.

Role of the State and Territorial Health Official in Promoting Health Equity
A guide to the role that State Health Officials can play in the improvement of the health equity in their state/territory.

At-Risk Populations
Some individuals are at increased risk of severe consequences during an influenza pandemic and may need special assistance to maintain basic medical care, as well as access to food and shelter.

Support and Services At Home: A Care Management Model Utilizing Community Health Workers
As communities look to support adult populations while they age in place, the focus should not only be to work with primary care providers, but also to build up the community health worker (CHW) workforce.

Additional Resources

Guides and General Resources

Engaging the community in health equity improvement
Overview on what is necessary for cultural competency and how to use it to address healthy equity.

Health Literacy Guidance and Standards
Guidance and standards from CDC to help make health information accurate, accessible, and actionable.

Building Organizational Capacity for Health Equity
A CDC guide on how to increase the amount of equity in a community through organizational tailoring.

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease
CDC resource providing community strategies for preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities.

Promoting Health Equity
Resources from The Community Guide for improving health equity.

Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health
A CDC resource to help communities address social determinants of health.

THRIVE: Community Tool for Health & Resilience in Vulnerable Environments
A tool developed by the Prevention Institute.

The Healthy Places Coalition
The Healthy Places Coalition advances public health involvement in land use and transportation planning to ensure that all neighborhoods in California promote the opportunity to live a healthy life.

Case Studies

Identifying Workforce Needs and Opportunities for Expanded Scope of Practice: A Community Health Worker program Case Study
An example of addressing the need for Community Health Workers while illustrating the effectiveness they can have in improving the health of communities.

Better Health through Equity
A set of case studies from the APHA on how using equity to reframe public health work.

Promoting Health Equity through Education Programs and Policies: Full-Day Kindergarten Programs
Findings from an intervention focused on improving community health through full-day kindergarten.

CDC’s Healthy Communities Program (2008-2012)
CDC’s Healthy Communities Program (HCP) worked through local, state, territory, and national partnerships to prevent chronic diseases and reduce health gaps. HCP helped to increase the skills and commitment of community leaders and stakeholders to develop and promote lasting strategies that help people make healthy choices where they live, learn, work, and play.

2009 PolicyLink Report on Community Mapping for Health Equity Advocacy
This report is one in a series of papers on best practices for using maps to promote health equity.

Health for All: California’s Strategic Approach to Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Delineates how the resources of diverse governmental and private institutions can be marshaled to work with communities to eliminate health disparities.

Engaging Oregonians in Identifying Health Equity Policy Priorities
Example from Oregon of engaging community members in policy making to advance health equity.

Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Program
Guidance focused on the formal community engagement components of Minnesota's State Health Improvement Program.


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