Kimberly Green Reeves
Understanding health equity
Interim executive director of community impact at Beacon Health Systems
What Is Health Equity?
Understanding what health equity is, its implications and why it matters is essential for implementing change. This report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations can be used as a guide for a deeper understanding of the importance of creating health equity solutions so that everyone has an opportunity to achieve the highest possible level of well-being.
Mayo Clinic, Office of Health Disparities Research
The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on many health disparities across communities. This video from the Mayo Clinic’s Office of Health Disparities Research gives insight into what providing services through a health equity lens looks like. Since the publication of this video, the Mayo Clinic has expanded the office into the Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research to further its studies into equity in public health.
Community Health and Well-Being Hub
A lot of factors go into making an equitable and healthy community. To learn about them, I recommend the community health and well-being hub from the American Hospital Association. It offers resources addressing the social factors that affect health, how to tackle them and the value of community partnerships.
The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work
Now that you’ve learned some of the more theoretical elements of health equity, the next step is to figure out how to implement it in our community. Authored by health researchers, The Practical Playbook II combines the knowledge of experts who have successfully collaborated across community organizations to solve health issues.
Conversations in Equity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a blog devoted to increasing awareness and promoting efforts to reduce disparities and achieve health equity. I recommend following this blog for keeping up to date on the latest conversations. You can also follow along in the comments to hear from health practitioners who share their experiences in their communities.
Self-Healing Communities Model
In this report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors discuss the Self-Healing Communities Model. This model, developed in the state of Washington, shows the value in embracing a collaborative approach in which education, resources and skills are shared toward achieving higher well-being and quality of life. It is through this approach that I tackle my work, focusing on bringing together voices within our community. Along with the others in this collection, use this resource to better advocate for yourself and your neighbors.