The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), an initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health , promotes cross-sector, multi-level and systems-oriented approaches for tackling health disparities. The cross-sector focus of the NPA evolves from the understanding that disparities are rooted in the inequitable distribution of underlying social determinants of health, such as education, employment, and environmental quality. The NPA envisions a path to health equity that includes changes to policies, practices and programs over time, at multiple levels of government and across different sectors, such that the promotion of health equity becomes integral to how organizations operate.

To support the integration of health equity in programs, policies and practices, the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) has created a monthly speaker webinar series to create a collaborative and learning environment to highlight current practices and innovative strategies for this type of work across sectors and at different levels of government. The series launched on May 7, 2014.

Webinar Series Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about:
  • Ongoing activities to integrate equity in policies and programs that are aligned with health or specific social determinants of health within public, private, health and non-health sector organizations.
  • Examples of policy, administrative, data and knowledge levers that have initiated, facilitated and/or supported efforts to promote equity through a featured program or policy aligned with health or specific social determinants of health.
  • Strategies, resources and tools used to promote equity through a featured program’s activities/operations.
  • Challenges, needs and opportunities to promote equity through a program.
  • Strategies for identifying opportunities to promote equity through programs or policies.
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Tribal communities bear a disproportionate burden of social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage relative to other racially or ethnically defined population groups. Therefore, ensuring that all American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) achieve the highest level of health possible will require broad-spectrum action that goes beyond addressing individual determinants and disease management to include action to address such disadvantages.

The changing landscape of public health, with a multi-disciplinary approach focused on the social determinants of health, is a true opportunity to advance the well-being of AI/AN communities. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the NPA, has taken a proactive and strategic approach to building the public health capacity of tribal health departments through information gathering and dissemination, capacity building, and awareness raising.

This webinar will highlight the work that has been done at the national level as well as within a tribal community to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for AI/ANs.

Presenters will:
  • Provide a background on the landscape of public health in Indian Country;
  • Discuss the findings of an environmental scan on the state of public health accreditation and health equity within tribal communities; and
  • Share one tribe’s approach to using public health accreditation activities to achieve health equity within its community.

  • Karrie Joseph, MPH, CHES, Public Health Programs Manager, NIHB
  • Carrie Sampson (Umatilla, WallaWalla, Cayuse), Assistant Administrator, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center

DATE: August 24, 2017
TIME: 2:00-3:00 pm CT/3:00-4:00 pm ET

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