National Association of County and City Health Officials

Roots of Health Inequity

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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This course provides an online learning environment from which to explore root causes of inequity in the distribution of disease, illness, and death. Funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, its audience is primarily the local public health workforce. It seeks to ground participants in the concepts and strategies that could lead to effective action.

The curriculum specifically prompts participants to reflect on how our institutions, as historian Elizabeth Fee says, "structure the possibility for healthy or unhealthy lives and how societies create the preconditions for the production and transmission of disease," (see Resources, Elizabeth Fee, p.xxxviii) and the implications for acting on those systems to eliminate inequity.

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

What You'll Learn

 Explore social processes that produce health inequities in the distribution of disease and illness.

• Strategize more effective ways to act on the root causes of health inequity.

• Form relationships with other local health departments who are working to ensure health equity.

Competency Terms

Communication Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services

Related Occupations

Health Educator
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health
Build and support a diverse and skilled public health workforce