Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs)
This presentation will begin on October 23, 2014 at 02:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
On July 9th, 2014, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) in collaboration with the Community Action Partnership and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) hosted a webinar titled “Needs Assessments: Opportunities for Collaboration across Multiple Stakeholders.” The webinar provided an overview of community-level needs assessments, suggestions for framing community-level assessments to address health equity, and the value of and opportunities for coordination among organizations charged with conducting these types of assessments. To expand upon this conversation, the NPA is sponsoring a webinar titled “Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments.” This webinar will expand upon the conversation by highlighting two analytical resources for conducting Community Health Needs Assessments with a health equity lens: the ‘Health Disparity Tool’ from America’s Health Rankings and ‘Community Commons’ from the Institute for People, Place and Possibility and the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems.

About the “America’s Health Rankings Health Disparity Tool”
Using data effectively to plan and communicate health equity and disparities is a critical skill in efforts to promote health equity. To aid communication on health disparities, America’s Health Rankings created state-level disparities data on smoking, obesity, diabetes, and physical inactivity, as well as health status by gender, race/ethnicity (White, Black and Hispanic), and four levels of educational attainment. This tool can be used to identify priorities and target populations experiencing disparate health outcomes.

About the “Community Commons Tool”
The “Community Commons tool” is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning tool which provides free access to geographic information systems (GIS) data for topic areas across the domains of the Social Determinants of Health such as the built environment, food systems, and local economy. Community Commons also fosters peer learning opportunities to share best practices and provides profiles of existing place-based initiatives and multi-sector collaborations to promote equitable communities. This tool can be used to explore the distribution of the social determinants of health, and opportunities for collaboration with organizations working towards improving community health and well-being.
  • Learn about tools for assessing disparities in health outcomes and the Social Determinants of Health
  • Learn about the utility of these tools in community-level needs assessments such as CHNAs.

Onyemaechi Nweke, DrPH, MPH, NPA Lead, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Presenting on America’s Health Rankings: Tom Eckstein, MBA, Principal, Arundel Street Consulting
Presenting on Community Commons: Monte Roulier, BA, Co-Founder & President, Community Initiatives; Stacy Wegley, MS, Senior Associate, Community Initiatives

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The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) is a coordinated, multi-sector effort to tackle health disparities in the United States. Health disparities represent a significant societal and economic burden, not only for the individuals and communities affected, but also for the country as a whole. The NPA promotes cross-cutting, multi-level, and systems-oriented approaches to eliminate health disparities.

Created in 2001 as a forum for public health institutes, today the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) convenes its members and partners at the local, state, and national levels in efforts to address critical health issues. Dedicated to the vision of improving public health through innovation, NNPHI is the national membership network committed to helping public health institutes promote and sustain improved health and wellness for all.

The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO's primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation's health.

Community Action Partnership (the Partnership) serves over 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the nation that are working to change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities, and make America a better place to live. The Partnership cares about the entire community and is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.