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Prevention Institute E-Alert: July 15, 2016

Broad coalition to create national action plan for achieving health equity and prosperity

Primary prevention strategies create lasting changes by addressing the underlying conditions that shape our lives and our health—from schools and workplaces to neighborhoods and government. Multi-sector, community-level strategies have been proven to foster health equity—the opportunity for every person to achieve optimal health and safety. Yet we lack a comparable national-level approach that could improve the health and wellbeing of all individuals and populations, particularly communities of color, across the country.

Please join the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and leaders representing health, business, non-profit, philanthropy, education, faith, housing, and other sectors for a historic Assembly at the University of Maryland, College Park on August 4-5 to create and promote a national action plan for achieving health equity and prosperity.

Prevention Institute is pleased to continue our work helping RWJF develop a framework for achieving a Culture of Health that catalyzes a national movement toward improved health, wellbeing, and equity. Our current work builds on past efforts, such as our report for the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Disparities, A Time of Opportunity, to identify policy solutions at the community, regional, and state level to reduce inequities in health and safety. We feel that we can only take the necessary steps to produce equity if we first understand how inequity is produced.

Health Equity and Prosperity Assembly

When: Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM (EDT) - Friday, August 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Where: University of Maryland - Stamp Student Union 1021A Union Lane, College Park, MD 20742 (View Map)
Accommodations and Registration: There is a limited block of rooms available on the UMD campus on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A list of local hotels will be provided. Please RSVP for this event here (or here.)

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Talk with leaders at every level (from community members to business executives to health and faith leaders) in the largest common discourse on health equity and prosperity in the country.
  • Be part of building a movement that reaches five million Americans this year with a vision for health equity and prosperity, and contribute to 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020.
  • Take action so that everyone – no matter who they are or where they live – has the opportunity to reach their full health potential.

Participants will gather for large and small group dialogues, interactive sessions, shared learning, and action planning. The assembly is sponsored by RWJF in collaboration with nine partners.

Health Equity & Prosperity Project Partners
Prevention Institute
Samueli Institute
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Healthy Companies International
National Collaborative for Health Equity
Community Initiatives
Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
University of Maryland Center for Health Equity
Health Advocates in Reach and Research


A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity

This guide, written by Prevention Institute,  helps public health practitioners advance health equity through community prevention strategies. It focuses on policy, systems, and environmental actions to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play, and includes dozens of case studies that showcase great work by local health departments and coalitions.

PI Training and Consultation Services

PI has extensive experience providing health equity training through multiple modalities, such as the Health Equity and Prevention Primer and the Health Equity Training Series, and has provided consultation to national, state, and local coalitions, agencies, and funders. For information on our training and technical assistance services, email us.

Metrics to Achieve Health Equity

Our report analyzes how disparities in health outcomes are produced and how health equity can be achieved by addressing the determinants of health.

Moving from Understanding to Action on Health Equity

PI’s new report, Moving from Understanding to Action on Health Equity: Social Determinants of Health Frameworks and THRIVE, presents an overview of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) frameworks and discusses how our updated THRIVE tool has incorporated the field's collective knowledge on SDOH.

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