State and local officials try to reduce disparities by expanding access to, and quality of care for, vulnerable populations, (e.g., low-income people, people of color, immigrants, etc.). Evidence strongly suggests that local practitioners can positively influence the conditions that foster inequities in the first place through a focus on the social and environmental determinants of health and safety. To do so effectively they need access to tools, training materials, resources and networks to advocate for policies that can promote healthy communities.
From 2007 to 2010, staff at the Prevention Institute, in Oakland, Calif., developed the Web-based Health Equity and Prevention Primer. The primer trains public health practitioners to advocate for public policies that reverse the environmental causes of health disparities, and provides tools and resources to aid in that effort. (The Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to serve as a focal point for effective prevention practice.)
The Web-Based Health Equity and Prevention Primer is composed of seven brief, interactive modules and publications, tools and other resources. It is designed to train and equip state and local leaders to promote policies that advance health equity. The primer is available on the Prevention Institute website.