Health Equity Practice Initiatives

What is Health Equity?  

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

— Braveman P, Arkin E, Orleans T, Proctor D, and Plough A. What Is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make? Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2017.

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Health Equity Training Modules

MATCH partnered with the Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education Training (WiCPHET) to develop three health equity 101 training modules. These modules are geared toward people already working in public health, as well as students seeking a master of public health degree.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing these modules, you will be able to:

  • Use a broad definition of health that includes social determinants
  • Reflect on how conditions of power shape social determinants and health inequities
  • Identify opportunities to operationalize strategies to advance health equity in your own work or practice.

Health Equity Module 1 | Introduction  (approx. 10 mins) Transcript

The first module begins with an introduction to health equity. It discusses how health is more than just sickness or its absence, and that health inequities are more than just differences in health outcomes.

Health Equity Module 2 | Health & Power (approx. 10 mins) Transcript

The second module explores the relationship between health and power, considering what it means to suggest that “the root cause of health inequity is powerlessness.”

Health Equity Module 3 | Operationalize Health Equity (approx. 20 mins) Transcript

The third module discusses ideas for operationalizing health equity in practice, and specifically looks at opportunities to expand the definition of health, strategically use data, assess and influence the policy context, and strengthen community capacity to act on health inequities.

Additional Resources

Visit WiCPHET’s Health Equity Series page for additional tools and resources.

Health Equity Training and Capacity Building

Through Health Equity Capacity Building, MATCH is increasing the capacity of public health professionals, community development specialists, community organizers, academics, funders, community health advocates, and many others to engage in health equity practice. For more information on opportunities for training or technical assistance, please contact Lesley Wolf.

Examples of Presentations

  • Health Equity 101, Public Health 101, Organizing 101, Power Building and Health Equity

Examples of trainings and technical assistance

  • Root cause analysis, Community engagement and health equity, Power mapping, Health equity narrative and framing, Organizing for public health, PSE change, Health equity policy analysis, Strategic campaigns.

Health Equity Connection Calls - Thrive Wisconsin

Through the Thrive Wisconsin Health Equity Alliance (Thrive WI), MATCH is promoting understanding, alignment, and action around health equity principles and practices to ensure all Wisconsinites have the opportunity to attain their highest possible level of health and human potential. Thrive WI hosts monthly Health Equity Connection Calls. To learn more about Thrive WI and the Health Equity Connection Calls, please contact: Kristi Anderson (klanderson23@wisc.edu) or Marcia Morales (mlmorales@wisc.edu). 

Mission of Thrive WI
Together, we advance understanding, alignment and action around health equity principles and practices to ensure all Wisconsinites have the opportunity to attain their highest possible level of health and human potential.

Vision for the Network
Public health professionals, community development specialists, community organizers, academics, funders, and community health advocates in Wisconsin who co-learn, share best practices, and engage in collective action to affect the social, economic and environmental determinants of health

History of the Network
With the support of the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, Thrive WI was launched in 2012 as a hub for training, resource and knowledge sharing, strategy development, state meetings, planned action and alignment to advance health equity. Since then, Thrive WI has trained hundreds of Wisconsinites, held multiple statewide convenings, and promoted shared action around obesity, mass incarceration, substance use, transportation, and a variety of other issues.

Examples of current initiatives and activities

  • Coordination and facilitation of Health Equity Connection Calls, monthly community of practice calls.
  • Facilitation of collaboration between planners and public health, for example Plan4Health.
  • Development of and ongoing support for local and regional cross-sector collaborations, such as Fox Valley Thrives’ partnership between planning, public health, and community organizers.
  • Shared leadership for From Punishment to Restoration Project, which promotes action at the intersection of mass incarceration and health equity.
  • Collaboration with UW Applied Population Lab to pilot a health equity data profile for use in Community Health Improvement Planning processes.