What is the health equity and prevention primer?

The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) is a web-based training series for public health practitioners and advocates interested in achieving health, safety, and health equity through policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement.

Health inequities are differences in health and safety outcomes, which are not only unnecessary and avoidable but also unfair and unjust. We focus on how the structural drivers of inequity, like racism and income inequality, impact communities and make good health unattainable.

Developed with guidance from state and local health department staff and nationally-recognized health equity experts, the Primer includes seven brief, interactive presentations, along with related health equity publications, tools, and other resources.

using the HEPP TOOL 

  1. Complete the tool's modules (below) at your own pace, either in order, or in order of your interest
  2. Each module is a PowerPoint video that includes audio (you may need headphones)
  3. When you've completed a module, click on the "Next Module" button to continue, or return to this HEPP homepage to select any module

After completing the HEPP Tool

  1. Explore the Health Equity and Prevention Resources and equity-related efforts across the country
  2. Learn about the history of the HEPP tool: Methodology and Project Advisors
  3. Fill out the Survey Monkey evaluation within each Module

HEPP Modules

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    Module 1: Achieving Equity in Health and Safety through Primary Prevention

    Achieving Equity in Health and Safety through Primary Prevention describes how Primary Prevention is a key strategy for eliminating inequities in health and safety. It provides an overview of Primary Prevention and previews material that will be covered later in the series.

    Duration: 3 minutes

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    Module 2: Take Two Steps to Prevention

    Take Two Steps to Prevention describes the Two Steps to Prevention Framework and the Trajectory of Health Inequities. These tools can be used to describe why a focus on the environment is essential for health equity efforts.

    Duration: 4 minutes

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    Module 3: Community Factors & How They Influence Health Equity

    Community Factors & How They Influence Health Equity explores eighteen community factors. These eighteen factors are linked to health equity. Each factor is part of a community and provides tangible opportunities for achieving equitable health and safety outcomes.

    Duration: 14 minutes

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    Module 4: The Spectrum of Prevention

    The Spectrum of Prevention: A Framework for Addressing Health Equity, introduces the Spectrum of Prevention. It provides a step by step explanation of how the Spectrum can be used to develop a mutually supportive set of actions as part of a comprehensive primary prevention strategy to change environments for equity.

    Duration: 13 minutes

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    Module 5: Enhancing Effective Partnerships for Health Equity

    Enhancing Effective Partnerships for Health Equity explores the power of partnerships for improving equity. It introduces the Eight Steps to Coalition Building, which can be used to launch and stabilize effective equity-focused coalitions.

    Duration: 15 minutes

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    Module 6: The Importance of Local Policy for Achieving Equitable Outcomes

    The Importance of Local Policy for Achieving Equitable Outcomes looks at why policy--at the city and county levels, in particular-is important to health equity efforts. It provides an overview of key strategies in the policy development process.

    Duration: 21 minutes

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    Module 7: Good Health Counts: Measurement and Evaluation for Health Equity

    Good Health Counts: Measurement and Evaluation for Health Equity describes how community health indicators can be used to assess and monitor conditions that influence health and safety. It highlights a number of indicator reports that have been used to advance health equity efforts.

    Duration: 19 minutes

First module