The Public Health Alliance Regional Equity Learning Collaborative

Overview

Harnessing the Power of Local Public Health to Advance Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on our nation’s local public health departments, bringing unprecedented scrutiny while underscoring  the incredible power of public health in times of crisis. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new moment to define the course for the future of public health, one where health equity and racial justice are interwoven throughout and are primary outcomes in all public health programs and operations. In Southern California, local health jurisdictions (LHJs), representing close to 60% of Californians, have committed to building their internal capacity to advance health equity and racial justice; coming together as a region to prepare themselves for the present and emerging public health challenges of the 21st century.

The inaugural Public Health Alliance Regional Equity Learning Collaborative (Alliance Equity Collaborative) will launch with a two-year, cross-departmental collaborative of public health departments throughout Southern California committed to advancing equity locally and creating a vision for equity for the region. Led by the Public Health Alliance, the Collaborative brings together public health leaders from across disciplines, including health and race equity, epidemiology, environmental health, health education, and more. Through their participation, Alliance Equity Collaborative participants will have the opportunity to learn from public health leaders from across the region, identify promising practices for advancing equity both here in California and across the nation, and co-create solutions in partnership with the communities they serve.

We Bring Together Cross-Departmental LHJ Equity Change Teams Across the Southern California Region to:

Mobilize the Power of LHJs to Advance Health Equity & Racial Justice

Local health jurisdictions from across Southern California are harnessing the power of public health to advance equitable health policies and practices as individual departments and in partnership with the communities they serve.

Drive and Strengthen Regional Collaboration and Partnerships

Public health staff across programs and disciplines, including staff from executive leadership, equity offices, epidemiology, health education, human resources, and others, are coming together to advance and strengthen policies, programs, and practices that promote health and racial equity across the region.

Identify Promising, Community-Informed Practices to Advance Equitable Goals & Outcomes

Local health jurisdiction Equity Change Teams will be equipped with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to become transformational equity leaders and practitioners.

SESSION TIMELINE & THEMES

Timeline

Collaborative Session Themes

The Alliance Equity Collaborative will bring together LHJ leaders from across the region to participate in virtual learning sessions aimed at building cross-disciplinary capacity to advance health equity and racial justice. The sessions will dive deep into existing and emerging equity priorities and provide hands-on skill building and training in topic areas that are urgent and critical to advancing equity locally and as a region. Each Collaborative session will be led and facilitated by the Public Health Alliance Collaborative Leads and invited State and national equity experts and leaders. Participants will also be provided ample opportunities for shared learning, and local and regional visioning and goal setting.

SESSION 01

Collaborative Launch - Building Internal Capacity to Advance Equity

November 10, 2021

Local health jurisdictions will explore the fundamental steps needed to enhance local departmental and regional infrastructure and capacity for advancing health equity and racial justice. We will elevate promising models and practices to establish a robust equity team, strategies for strengthening cross-departmental capacity to advance equity, and potential key roles of equity staff.

Session 02

Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Strategies for Departments to Advance Racial Equity

February 24, 2022

Local health jurisdictions will gain a shared foundational understanding of racism’s role as a root cause driver of inequitable health outcomes. Participants will learn from and identify opportunities for LHJs to advance racial equity both internally (e.g., departments, cross-governmental) and externally (e.g., community advisory boards, action plans) in partnership with the communities they serve. We’ll discuss strategies and promising practices, such as racial equity plans and community-based partnerships to pursue cross-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral commitments to addressing racism as a public health crisis.

Office Hours

Session 03

Strategies for Authentic Community Engagement and Co-Creation

May 5, 2022

Local health jurisdictions will explore community-informed approaches that support authentic engagement and the co-creation of solutions with community members most impacted by inequities. Participants will dive deep into promising practices, gain an understanding of equity-centered engagement, and explore exciting partnerships happening between LHJs and community partners, such as tribal groups, community-based organizations, and faith-based leaders here in California and across the nation.

Session 04

Advancing Equity in Workforce Development

July 14, 2022

To proactively meet the challenges of the COVID-19 response and recovery process, as well as future workforce considerations, LHJs will need to hire and retain a multi-skilled, diverse, and community-based workforce. In this session, LHJs will focus on planning for equity in workforce development by leading with intentional and explicit equity, working collaboratively with community to understand their needs, and prioritizing workforce development strategies that offer shared, direct, and multiple benefits to communities. Participants will explore practice and policy changes that ensure equitable and inclusive recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion processes.

Session 05

Data Best Practices & Standardization

October 2022

Local health jurisdictions will learn how to harness data at the local level to advance equity. We’ll cover best and emerging practices for handling both quantitative and qualitative data and focus on tools to leverage local data for equity. Using lessons from the COVID-19 crisis to spotlight the critical need for equitable data collection, disaggregation, analysis and sharing, we’ll discuss gaps in individual departmental data capacity and regional inconsistencies in data practices. We’ll conclude with an exploration of approaches to data equity that center the lived experience of communities most impacted by inequities in the decision-making process.

Session Materials
Office Hours

SESSION 06

To Be Determined

January 2023
Session theme to be determined based on emerging Collaborative priorities.

SESSION 07

To Be Determined

March 2023
Session theme to be determined based on emerging Collaborative priorities.

SESSION 08

To Be Determined

May 2023
Session theme to be determined based on emerging Collaborative priorities.

Cross-Cutting Resources for Advancing Equity

The Public Health Alliance has compiled a growing set of critical resources to strengthen individual and collective capacity to advance equity. This includes foundational resources, framing and language support, and connections to aligned governmental, non-profit and community partners in the field.

Regional Public Health Collaboratives

California is home to three regional public health collaboratives based in Southern California, the Bay Area, and the Central Valley. Individually and collectively, these public health collaboratives demonstrate the ability to harness the power of public health at both the local and regional level to advance health and race equity.

Health Equity and Racial Justice Partners

Below is a list of aligned public health and equity partner organizations, each bringing a specific focus and lens to the work of advancing health equity and racial justice. These partners have a wide variety of additional resources to support LHJs in their work to build their internal and external capacity to advance equity.

PARTICIPATING DEPARTMENTS

The Alliance Equity Collaborative brings together LHJs across Southern California to share best practices, and pursue a healthier, more equitable California. Information on our inaugural participating jurisdictions can be found below.

Contact Us

The Southern California Regional Equity Learning Collaborative is led, managed and facilitated by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California. If you have questions or would like to learn more about our work, please contact the Public Health Alliance Collaborative Leads.

Tracy Delaney, PhD

Founding Executive Director
TDelaney@phi.org

Ana I. Bonilla, MURP, MPH

Equity and Justice Manager
ABonilla@phi.org