Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Sonoma County Department of Health Services: Health Equity Award Winner for a Medium County Practice

Gehlert, H.

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Case Study

Organizational Change/ Development
Policy Change/ Development
Education Access and Quality
Social and Community Context
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Outside U.S.

Infrastructure Support

This case study outlines how Sonoma County Department of Health Services created a framework called Health Action, outlining goals for improving the most pressing health disparities in their region. The study also describes how the Department convened a collaborative Health Action Council, comprised of community partners to address the key indicators of health outlined in the framework. They created a report based in data to align the work of the Department and its partners in order to more effectively address health disparities. Some of the most pressing problems identified included disparities around education and the relationship between education and health. Formation of Health Action has resulted in multiple groups using the strategic plan to inform their efforts.

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Partnership Building, Reduction of Health Disparities

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