Health Equity Resources

Tools to Help Remove Barriers to Health

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The following resources provide information and strategies to help communities, programs, and initiatives work to remove barriers to health and achieve health equity.

Tools for Putting Social Determinants of Health into Action are CDC resources to help practitioners take action to address social determinants of health.

Changing Course summaries offer definitions of vital conditionsexternal icon, recent facts, key issues, and a short list of high priorities for quick action. A Deep Dive section provides full source documents on each topic. See:

Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity helps communities address disparities by making improvements where people live, learn, work and play. It describes skills and strategies to address tobacco use, healthy food and beverages, and active living.

Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities pdf icon[PDF-3.77MB] is for state health departments and their partners. The material is designed to increase their capacity to work with communities to help prevent obesity. The primary focus is on how to create systems and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity. The accompanying website is a guide for using the toolkit.

CDC COVID-19 Response Health Equity Strategy focuses on immediate actions that can be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and track the intended outcomes.

Healthy Neighborhood Investments: A Policy Scan and Strategy Mapexternal icon identifies several policy actions for advancing health and racial equity through cross-sector investments.

Designing Community Health Efforts with Health Equity in Mind includes suggestions for community efforts to reduce health disparities.

National Youth Sports Strategy pdf icon[PDF-5.67MB]external icon outlines steps to ensure young people have the opportunity and access to play sports. Playing sports is less common among girls and among young people with a disability, from racial and ethnic minorities, and from households with low socioeconomic status.

Community Health Online Resource Center includes webinars, model policies, tool kits, databases, fact sheets, and other practical materials. For health equity resources, search using the term “disparities.” Most material is several years old but remains practical.

Social Vulnerability Index identifies communities that may need support before, during, or after disasters. Social vulnerability may indicate health disparities.

Community Resilience Estimatesexternal icon refer to the capacity of individuals and households to absorb, endure, and recover from the health, social, and economic effects of a disaster such as a hurricane or pandemic. Low resilience may indicate health disparities.

Health Equity Data Resources

  • Data, Trends, and Maps has state and national indicators for obesity/weight status, breastfeeding, fruits and vegetables, physical activity, sugary drinks, and television viewing. For health equity data, choose race/ethnicity or other demographic in the “view by” field.
  • Chronic Disease Indicators provides data for 18 categories. For heath equity data, choose race/ethnicity and gender in the “view by” field.
  • Minority Population Profilesexternal icon includes demographic, education, economic, insurance coverage, and health status information.
  • Diagnosed Diabetes provides data by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and education.
  • Places: Local Data for Better Health includes chronic disease measures by location.