NNPHI and its members are engaged in a number of health equity* initiatives, including:
- Toolkit for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE): NNPHI, in partnership with the Prevention Institute, has a cooperative agreement with the Office of Minority Health to update and promote the THRIVE tool. The current THRIVE sites are the Institute for Wisconsin’s Health, Texas Health Institute, and Public Health Solutions. Previously, NNPHI engaged the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Health Resources in Action, Illinois Public Health Institutes, Public Health Management Corporation, Public Health Institute, and Health Research, Inc. as THRIVE sites.
- Together on Diabetes: NNPHI, with funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, works with Foundation staff and Together on Diabetes grantees to host their annual grantee summit and support their online Learning Collaborative meetings that the Foundation hosts. Together on Diabetes and NNPHI will work together to drive learnings across NNPHI's 38 member health institutes and the Public Health Leadership Society. The 2014 Together on Diabetes Grantee Summit took place in Atlanta, GA on February 24th-26th. For more information, including presentations and video from the 2014, 2013 and 2012 Together on Diabetes Grantee Summits, please visit the Together on Diabetes website.
- Supporting Alignment and Accountability in Community Health Improvement: The Development and Piloting of a Regional Data-Sharing System: A report from the Public Health Institute has examined over 40 CHNAs and Implementation Strategies of tax-exempt hospitals with a focus on how community has been defined; how community stakeholders have been engaged in assessment, planning, and implementation; how priorities have been set; and the content and geographic focus of implementation strategies. Funded by CDC through a cooperative agreement with NNPHI, the project has included a series of convenings and inquiry focusing on the improvement of community health improvement practices. This report (Kevin Barnett is lead author) examines publicly-available CHNAs and Implementation Strategies, suggests tools and templates for aligning assessments, and reviews enhancements to a Vulnerable Populations Footprint tool (available at CHNA.org) for easily identifying where health disparities are concentrated. View assessment results and learn more.
* According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” Health inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment.