Governance structures determine how power is distributed and exercised in decision making that shapes places as well as access to resources and opportunities. Participation, partnerships, and community empowerment are elements of governance structures that promote health equity.
Strategies to improve access to democracy:
Coordinate across government agencies
Formalize cross-governmental coordination, collaboration, and accountability and include the perspectives of all departments, agencies, and institutions in government decisions by taking a Health in All Policies approach.
Facilitate cross-sector collaboration
Create structures for collaboration among local governments, community-based organizations, and health care institutions to act on the social determinants of health.
Make government accountable
Ensure that government protocols and decisions are made available to the community and that policies include clear roles, responsibilities, and evaluation processes to hold government responsible for successful implementation.
Resources for Change
Our resources offer actionable, equitable policy strategies and tools for all levels of government to help facilitate participation from communities and improve health equity.
ChangeLab Solutions is proud to partner with state and local governments and the communities they serve to improve and broaden participation in governmental processes and services.
For more ways to uproot the drivers of health inequity, download our updated guide, Strategies for Equitable Policymaking, which offers legal and policy strategies to create systemic change.GET STARTED