Health and Racial Equity

Acknowledging the impacts that racism and other forms of systemic oppression have on health, NNPHI established the Health and Racial Equity (HRE) portfolio. HRE is designed to strengthen public health capacity to take actionable steps to ensure equity-informed public health responses throughout the United States.

Our Work

As a national network, we are committed to building our internal and network capacity to develop and disseminate equity-centered public health best practices. Focused on building public health capacity, the Health and Racial Equity portfolio partners with our member institutes and communities nationwide to lean into the work to address health inequities. Incorporating an equity lens means explicitly naming the root causes of inequities and designing programmatic responses at every point in their development and execution.

NNPHI staff and member institutes provide a diverse and growing set of skills and capacity-related expertise in designing equity-centered trainings, programs, and evaluations that are focused on ensuring equitable public health response and impact.

Currently, our work includes the following projects:


COVID-19 Health Equity Technical Assistance  

NNPHI provides technical assistance to OT21-2103 grant recipients, focusing on spreading and scaling best practices in various areas, including but not limited to: Tailored Communications, Internal Administration, Community Engagement, Performance Improvement, and Strategic Planning.

COVID-19 Evidence-Based Repository

The COVID-19 Health Equity Resource Library is a free, digital repository of evidence-based resources related to addressing COVID-19 health disparities and inequities. Developed by NNPHI and our partners, the library includes best, promising, emerging, and novel practices that can be searched and sorted by grant strategy areas and other key indicators.

Harm Reduction Law and Policy Strategies

NNPHI in partnership with PHIMC and NPHL sought to identify and examine state- and federal-level policy strategies with evidence demonstrating their potential to decrease disparities in HIV, viral hepatitis, STls, and TB among U.S. populations disproportionately affected by these diseases and infections through a scoping review. Also included in this project is an in depth Washinton state case study on drug paraphernalia access & equity. Through an exciting and informative webinar both of these activities are presented to inform future collaboration with federal, state, and local partners/organizations and amplify communications around policies that reduce race-based and other disparities.

Vaccine Equity Project

NNPHI is leading an intensive COVID-19 response, recovery, and resiliency effort in partnership with Public Health Institutes, to mitigate the impact on racial and ethnic minority, rural, and socially or historically disadvantaged populations with a primary emphasis on increasing vaccination access and uptake in focus communities. The approach is designed to address the systemic disadvantages experienced by communities of color, rural communities, and others, such as tribal nations, that face disproportionate adverse outcomes from public health threats.


Resources and Links

CDC Resources 

Equity Focused Convenings

Network Resources

NCCPHT Training Opportunities

NNPHI Resources 

Public Health Learning Navigator

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