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CommonHealth ACTION is a national public health organization aligning people, strategies, and resources to create solutions to health and policy challenges.
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    CommonHealth ACTION is working with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to develop and facilitate a health equity strategic plan for the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPD). 

    To establish a common language and understanding —a foundational step for any collaborative effort— CommonHealth ACTION will first facilitate a one-day health equity workshop for the Connecticut Department of Public Health staff who will be engaged in the strategic planning process.  The equity workshop will provide participants with a common language and shared understanding around equity and the social determinants of health. Next, we will facilitate a strategic planning retreat where CTDPH staff will incorporate an equity lens into their work and refine the strategic priority focus areas outlined in their existing strategic plan in order to explicitly identify opportunities to advance health equity within the state.  Finally, CommonHealth ACTION will work with CTDPH and ASTHO to draft a comprehensive health equity strategic plan to guide future work.

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    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Training Institute
    CommonHealth ACTION launched its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Institute on October 23, 2015. The ongoing trainings are designed to develop your knowledge and skills to apply equity, diversity, and inclusion, professionally and personally. Participants in the training will leave prepared to decide and act more equitably through policies, programs, and practices. Training modules inlcude: common language, historical context, racism & implicit bias, privilege & oppression, equity lens, and policy. Read more to learn about our next training.

    Our next training will be held on December 5 - 6, 2018 at our conference center in Washington, DC. This interactive and dynamic training is designed for professionals from all disciplines, sectors, and career stages. Whether you are new to equity, diversity, and inclusion or already addressing equity in your work, this training will give you knowledge, skills, and tools to make a greater impact. 

    Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and abilities in CommonHealth ACTION's Equity Competencies©:
    • Common Language: Awareness and understanding of EDI words, phrases, and concepts. Ability to exchange knowledge and information based on shared meaning (in ways that are easily understood) to support collaboration and communication.
    • Historical Context: Knowledge, awareness, and understanding of U.S. history; the evolving policy environment; past and current legal and social constructs for the privilege and oppression of certain populations; and their impacts on current societal conditions.
    • Privilege and Oppression: Knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the impacts of privilege and oppression at personal, community, and systemic levels. Including a specific focus on race and racism; how they have changed over time; how they impact our actions and outcomes; and an exploration of implicit bias.
    • Equity Lens: Ability to analyze the unfair benefits and/or burdens within a society or population by understanding the social, political, and environmental contexts of policies, programs, and practices.
    • Policy: Knowledge and understanding of EDI in policymaking, analysis, and implementation with a focus on equity impact.
    • Commitment to Ongoing Learning: Expansion of knowledge, skills, and understanding through engagement in a culture of inquiry and continuous learning.

    Continuing Education:
    This training will provide up to twelve (12) hours of instruction that may be applied towards continuing education units (CEUs). You must complete the full two days to receive a certificate of completion. 

    Register Today!

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    CommonHealth ACTION has collaborated with Susan G. Komen® to provide focus group testing for Komen educational materials, in both English and Spanish languages. The goal of this contract is to determine whether Komen's educational materials are understandable to consumers of diverse backgrounds, varying levels or health literacy, and living in the Washington DC metro area.

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    Culture of Health Leaders National Program
    The National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION has partnered to design the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Culture of Health Leaders National Program Center (CoHL), one of four new RWJF national leadership programs that will develop leaders to promote a national Culture of Health.

    CoHL National Program Center participants will engage in three years of learning experiences, including individual and team-based projects that encourage innovation, discovery, and hands-on application. They will work with nontraditional partners on the production of health, engage authentically with community to change systems and institutions, and share their professional and life experiences in support of other leaders and the field. Participants will also work intensively with nationally recognized subject matter experts, mentors, and coaches as well as with their CoHL and other National Program Center peers to lead change within and among systems and institutions.

    Working with other National Program Centers funded through the RWJF Leadership Program, the CoHL program center will:

    •  Transform individuals – in both the public and private sectors – into agents of social change;
    • Equip individual leaders and teams with tools, skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to build public will and policymaker support for local, state, and national action to advance health equity;
    • Build a common framework, understanding, and language across sectors to help individuals and teams coordinate the use of their resources and strengths;
    • Model multi-sector collaboration necessary to create community conditions and opportunities for health; and
    • Transform communities into spaces where no one is disadvantaged because of where they were born or live, their income, or the racial or ethnic group with which they identify.

    For more information about the program, please visit the site at

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    Commonhealth ACTION is working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to support a convening of leaders across the field of the Social Determinants of Health to assess the state of the field and research agendas to be addressed by RWJF. Deliverables for this contract include:
    • Planning and managing a convening of experts and stakeholders, including an environmental scan to support participant identitication, developing content of meeting materials, and handling all associated logistics and facilitation and implentation activities
    • Follow-up reporting, including evaluation findings, as well as a proceedings report and a report sharing lessons and recommendations with the field.