COVID-19 Health Equity

About COVID-19 Health Equity

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) (along with ASTHO and NACCHO) has been selected as one of three national partners by the CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) to provide technical support to 108 health departments throughout the U.S. and surrounding territories to aid in addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities.  

NNPHI is leading the best practices portion of the technical assistance, focusing on elevating best and promising practices to support the OT21-2103 grant recipients in their work. NNPHI has launched a rapid evidence review of best and promising practices and TA projects for all state, local, and territorial 2103 grant recipients. The rapid review is an environmental scan of resources and tools across the four strategy areas that highlight best, promising, emerging, and novel practices related to reducing COVID-19 related health disparities. The resources and tools selected for inclusion in the review will be practical and applicable to grant recipient projects and can be adapted and implemented in new settings and communities. The product from this review will be a web-based repository currently being built.   

Our Work

NNPHI Provides Technical Assistance to OT21-2103 grant recipients, focusing on spreading and scaling best practices in various areas, including but not limited to: 

  • Tailored Communications 
  • Internal Administration 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Performance Improvement 
  • Strategic Planning 

To date, NNPHI and along with a team of subcontractors, have established a standard set of definitions and criteria for the inclusion of evidence and a series of categories for searching and sorting the web-based repository. NNPHI has launched a repository to provide user-friendly resources for the 2103 grant recipients to find evidence-based practices to support project implementation. NNPHI and the subcontractors will continue to monitor and review new evidence on an ongoing basis for the duration of the project. 

Novel and Emerging Practice Studies  

NNPHI and subcontracted Public Health Institutes are collaborating with OT21-2103 grant recipients and their partners to conduct evaluation studies using community-based, participatory methods. The evaluation studies will contribute to understanding the novel and emerging practices to address COVID-19 related disparities implemented by health departments using OT21-2103 funding and contribute to the evidence base supporting this growing area of work. As an objective the Novel and Emerging Practice Evaluation Studies (NEPS) will build evidence for novel and emerging practices implemented under the OT21-2103 grant strategies to improve capacity and services addressing health disparities related to COVID-19.  

Our Impact

Any interim updates on outputs or outcomes (can be updated later upon project closeout) 

Related Resources

Grant Information 

CDC Resources 

NNPHI Resources 

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