Collaborative for Anti-Racism & Equity (CARE)
This Collaborative started as a group of partners all working to understand and support the movement to address racism as a public health crisis. Over the past year, it has evolved and expanded, connecting partners who are advancing health and racial equity through research, communication, policy, advocacy, and the development of resources and frameworks. This is a space for anyone engaging in health equity, racial equity, and anti-racism work to access essential resources to inform your work, whether you are just starting out or are further along in your journey.
Share Your Voice: Join the Peer Learning Community
The Anti-Racism in Public Health Peer Learning Community (PLC) launched in January 2023. Thank you to everyone who made our first year a success! Our next meeting is on March 25, 2024 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET. Click the first button below to register! Click the second button to sign up to Join the Community and connect with other public health practitioners, community organizers, health departments, and other partners to share, learn, and grow in the work to advance racial equity.
NACDD Social Justice Framework
This framework, issued by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, aims to define principles and guidelines that address SDOH and promote health equity, bringing the public health field closer to achieving social justice. It serves as a response to the increased demand for a greater understanding of the role that societal constructs, such as racism and classism, play in creating and widening inequities and a desire to develop actionable frameworks to guide public health professionals in their work.
Public Health: Changing the Narrative
Between March and May 2023, the Big Cities Health Coalition polled key audiences in its 35 member jurisdictions. The goal was to better understand how individuals who are skeptical of public health interventions could be moved to better support the important role governmental public health departments and leaders play in their communities. This messaging guide contains key findings and recommendations, including how to talk about racial equity.
Beyond health disparities: confronting cultural racism
When cultural racism is this entrenched, how do we successfully do equity-focused and anti-racist work? In this recent blog post, Big Cities Health Coalition shares one strategy we can take, adopting an asset-based perspective. Read the post to learn more about this strategy, and how it can help us envision health, equity, justice and longevity and plot our way in the direction of eradicating cultural racism.
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Learn more about each of the Collaborative’s Core Partners and find key resources developed by each partner to advance health equity, racial equity, and anti-racism action.
APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that combines a 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence policy to improve the public’s health.
ASTHO is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the work of state and territorial public health officials and furthering the development and excellence of public health policy nationwide. In all our endeavors, we aim to promote the advancement of equity and optimal health for all.
- » Structural Racism Policy Statement
- » Legislative Prospectus: Health Equity
- » Addressing Equity Challenges Using a Health in All Policies Approach
- » Restorative Justice in Schools: An Upstream Approach for Addressing Inequities in the Risk of Incarceration
- » Cross-Agency Partnerships for Health Equity: Understanding Opportunities Across Medicaid and Public Health Agencies
BMSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding advocates’ ability to improve the systems and structures that determine health. We are a project of the Public Health Institute. BMSG conducts research to learn how the media characterize health issues. Through media advocacy training and consultation, we help advocates harness lessons from that research and develop the skills they need to shape journalists’ coverage of health issues so that it illuminates the need for policies that improve the places where people live, learn, work and play.
- » Strengthening racial and health equity communications and organizational capacity in California
- » Trauma, resilience, and #BlackLivesMatter
- » From me to us: Taking racism from the individual to the structural
- » Six media advocacy lessons from a campaign for housing justice and health equity
- » Public health and media advocacy
The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) is a forum for the leaders of 35 of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the 61 million people they serve or 1 in 5 Americans. The mission of BCHC is to advance equity and health for present and future generations, through sharing of best practices, leadership, and advocacy.
CEO Action for Racial Equity is focused on improving the lives of the 47+ million Black Americans through advocacy and advancement of public policies that will root out and end systemic racism. Using CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion as a platform, our Fellowship is the first business-led coalition of its kind with a mission to advance racial equity through public policy.
ChangeLab Solutions is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of law and policy to advance health equity. We partner with communities across the nation to improve health and opportunity by changing harmful laws, policies, and systems. Our interdisciplinary team works with community organizations, governments, and local institutions to design and implement equitable and practical policy solutions to complex health challenges.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) improves the health of the public by strengthening state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and at the national level.
The Public Health Law Center collaborates with partners to advance health equity and reduce and prevent chronic disease, with a focus on healthy food systems, physical activity, and commercial tobacco policies. We work with Tribal health leaders, federal agencies, national public health advocacy organizations, Tribal, state and local governments, planners, researchers, attorneys, community coalitions, and individuals working on public health issues to co-create healthier communities around the country.
- » Focusing on Equity and Inclusion When We Work on Public Health Laws
- » Effective Public Health Law and Policy: the Importance of Equity and Inclusion at Every Stage
- » Changing Hearts, Minds, and Structures: Advancing Equity and Health Equity in State Government Policies, Operations, and Practices in Minnesota and Other States
- » Equitable Enforcement of K-12 Commercial Tobacco School Policies
Salud America! is a national Latino-focused organization that creates culturally relevant and research-based stories, videos, and tools to inspire people to start and support healthy changes to policies, systems, and environments where Latino children and families can equitably live, learn, work, and play.
The Institute for Healing Justice & Equity is an interdisciplinary collective of researchers and partners working together to eliminate disparities caused by systemic oppression through systems change and deep community partnership. We work with academic and community partners in developing strategies to change policy, heal from trauma, and transform systems of oppression to eliminate inequities in health and well-being.
The Network for Public Health Law provides visionary leadership in the use of law to protect, promote and improve health and health equity. We provide non-partisan legal technical assistance and resources, collaborating with a broad set of partners across sectors to expand and enhance the use of practical legal and policy solutions.
The Praxis Project is a national non-profit organization that works in partnership with national, regional, state, and local partners to achieve health equity and justice for all communities. Our mission is to build healthy communities by transforming the power relationships and structures that affect our lives and communities. Praxis supports policy advocacy and local organizing as part of a comprehensive strategy for change. We emphasize developing fields of work in ways that encourage multi-level, trans-disciplinary learning and collaboration across issues, across the country and across the globe.