Through Project ECHO, NNPHI has developed guides to discover lessons learned on various topics such as health equity, community engagement, overcoming burnout, and humanizing data collection.
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Building Mental Fortitude
Best Practices for Supporting Individual and Staff Joy in Work During COVID-19
COVID-19 has left the current Public Health workforce over-tasked and under-resourced, causing a mass exodus and widespread burnout.
This session created space to reflect on the behavioral and emotional barriers that precede burnout, as well as specific strategies to build individual resiliency and develop system-wide changes for employee support and re-engagement. Panelists discussed best practices to institutionalize support for workplace stressors.
Community Engagement Strategies for Joining the Right Tables
A lack of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA), at all levels, makes it increasingly difficult to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved.
This session dove into assessing and deconstructing existing power dynamics for better coalition building, planning, and policymaking. Presenters examined the intersections of funding and accessibility to raise awareness of common pitfalls while highlighting best practices for moving health equity forward.
Letting Community Engagement Drive ‘Evidence to Action’ Planning
Populations that are not captured in existing data structures are unlikely to have their nuanced needs adequately expressed or prioritized by decision-makers, contributing to COVID-19 health inequities.
This session facilitated a conversation about humanizing data management by maximizing community engagement, surveys, interviews, and focus groups, while uplifting traditional and local stories. Panelists discussed best practices for collecting data in ways that honor the participants and for conveying data in ways that result in more comprehensive support (policy change, wrap-around services, capacity building, etc.).
Utilizing Varying Methods of Data Collection to Effectively Communicate Needs
Misinformation and generic messaging are often amplified over more relevant voices, causing increasing difficulty in advancing health equity and addressing social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health inequities among the focus populations of this grant.
This session confronted the ways in which “how” we interpret and utilize data can either uplift or harm the communities we serve. We explored the links between authentic community engagement and sustaining evidence-informed, nimble, and effective programming. Panelists shared practical strategies to help you amplify the correct voices.
Nuanced Case Studies of Emerging Health Equity Initiatives
The current public health infrastructure does not adequately serve the expanding needs for equitable COVID-19 prevention and control among the focus populations of this grant. This session hosted perspectives from several leaders of emerging Health Equity Offices or initiatives. We kept a wide scope to explore various journeys of community organizing, securing buy-in, and institutionalizing and operationalizing health equity into local and state public health agencies. Panelists guided participants through pitfalls, lessons learned, and best practices for promoting health equity at an organizational level.
Use Blue Skies
Established Health Equity Offices’ Strategies for Planning Ahead
The consequences of COVID-19 health inequities are so pervasive that it becomes hard for organizations to manage both short-term needs and long-term planning as they relate to advancing health equity and addressing social determinants of health.
This session highlighted established Health Equity Offices that can address current needs while looking ahead through mitigation planning and policy making. Panelists discussed best practices for strategic visioning and adaptive leadership that will include items such as asset mapping, leveraging, and braiding funding resources, and integrating health equity at varying stages of the planning process.
Just. Don’t. Do It
Operationalizing Health Equity at All Levels
The current Public Health system relies on regulatory compliance and perpetuates inequitable initiatives. Addressing and correcting inefficient operational and programmatic initiatives allows for improved resource usage to explicitly address and eliminate inequities.
The conclusion to the series was designed to tie previous session themes together and provide a springboard for action through discussions of social determinants of health inequities that can be addressed at a systems level through policy, systems, and environmental changes. Well-established panelists helped us reflect on where we’ve been, the lessons learned, and actions needed from emerging leaders of health equity in the future. This human-centered approach allowed participants to contemplate their own role in promoting health equity while receiving practical strategies for implementation and operationalization.