Uprooting the Structural Drivers of Health Inequity

A series of collaborative trainings for decisionmakers

Why are organizations and advocates centering the structural drivers of health inequity in building resilient communities?

How are leaders re-imagining their policy approaches in the context of the pandemic, economic crisis, and growing movement for racial justice?

ChangeLab Solutions has launched a six-part virtual discussion series to collaboratively engage with these questions and explore how organizations and advocates are addressing inequity in their efforts to improve health outcomes.

Each month, we’re featuring a new episode with a diverse panel of partners to engage in deep-dive discussions and connect the drivers of health inequity to policy change in a key area: community health, employment, education, planning, food systems, or housing. The speakers connect the dots between historical laws and policies and the inequities we face today and also articulate an inclusive policy agenda for the future. You can view all the trainings or choose the ones that best address your needs and mission.

Register for the next episode in our series:

Policy Solutions to Address Systemic Racism in Education


Series overview

Each episode frames the discussion with a set of key questions:

Community Health. What do we mean by structural drivers of health inequity?  How are different sectors  such as community-based organizations, government, and funders  advancing structural solutions to address those drivers of inequity? 

Employment Laws. What laws and policies affect low-income workers? How does inequitable enforcement of laws intended to protect these workers exacerbate inequities?

Education. How does education policy connect to today’s broader conversation about racism as a public health crisis? What are some examples of anti-racist interventions in educational settings?

Planning. Why is equitable community engagement in the planning process important? How can we embed equity in the process of planning, budgeting for, and investing in economic recovery amid COVID-19?

Food Systems. How are structural inequities built into the food system? How are local food policy councils working to advance racial equity and a valued food system workforce across the supply chain?

Housing Equity. How can we advance local housing solutions that embrace racial and economic equity; address health inequities; mitigate displacement; and ensure affordable and quality housing for the most vulnerable residents?

This series builds on the "fundamental drivers of inequity” framework outlined in A Blueprint for Changemakers and ChangeLab Solutions’ 2018 webinar series Building Healthy, Equitable Communities.