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A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease

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A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity is a resource for practitioners, partners, and stakeholders working to advance health equity through community health interventions. While health disparities can be addressed at multiple levels, this guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play.

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Foundational Skills

Organizations engage in many practices that can influence their impact on health equity. Featuring lessons learned from practitioners across the country, this section of the guide focuses on how to enhance your organization’s capacity to advance healthy equity through foundational skills and practices.

Strategies Include:

  • Building organizational capacity
  • Engaging community members
  • Developing partnerships and coalitions
  • Identifying and analyzing health inequities
  • Selecting, designing, and implementing strategies
  • Developing effective communication efforts
  • Conducting evaluations

Tobacco-Free Living Strategies

Identifying and eliminating tobacco related health inequities among population groups is an important component of tobacco control efforts. This section of the guide focuses on how to design tobacco-free living strategies that address the needs of populations that have disproportionately higher rates of tobacco-use.

Strategies Include:
  • Comprehensive Smoke-Free Policies
  • Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Policies
  • Tobacco Cessation Services
  • Point-of-Sale Strategies to Address Access and Exposure to Tobacco Products

Healthy Food and Beverage Strategies

Residents in rural areas, low-income communities, and communities of color are most affected by limited access to healthful food and beverages, making it particularly difficult to make healthy choices. This section of the guide focuses on how to design strategies that address inequities in healthy food and beverage environments.

Strategies Include:

  • Community Food Retail Environment
  • Healthy Restaurants and Catering Trucks
  • Healthy Food in School, Afterschool, and Early Care and Education Environments
  • Food Access through Land Use Planning and Policies

Active Living Strategies

Not all communities have equal access to physical activity resources or environments that support an active lifestyle. This section of the guide focuses on how to design active living strategies that address the needs of populations experiencing health inequities, such as residents in low-income communities and communities of color.

Strategies Include:

  • Joint Use Agreements
  • Safe and Accessible Streets for All Users
  • Trails and Pathways to Enhance Recreation and Active Transportation
  • Physical Activity in School, Afterschool, and Early Care and Education Settings
  • Neighborhood Development that Connects Community Resources to Transit
  • Preventing Violence
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