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Transforming the Narrative: Health Equity & The Community – A Toolkit

March 23, 2022

In response to the need for more tools and trainings around narrative change, this toolkit was designed, not as a step-by-step guide to narrative change, but to complement the narrative change work being done in our communities every day that decrease exposure to ACEs that will eventually prevent substance use, and in the process help create more opportunities to achieve health equity. The goal of this toolkit is to offer insight from project partners that built and amplified transformative narratives in their communities, as well as resources that will help others build sustainable, cross-sector relationships, and harness grassroots power that helps us all to get closer in achieving  health equity in our communities. For health departments and their partners, the toolkit offers a frame to develop more justice-rooted language.

We recommend using the toolkit in collaboration with the video training. The workbook is located at the end of the toolkit. When choosing to engage in narrative change work we ask you to be curious about yourself and the others you are inviting in. Know that this work is powerful and that we all have biases and stories that impact how and why we interact with our families, communities, and organizations the way we do. When we say “yes” to working together we learn how to listen more intently and get clear about the changes we see as integral to evolution.

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Funding for this publication was provided to the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (CDC – 6 NU1ROT000016-01-02) totaling $2,900,000.


Focus Areas:
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration (Bridging)
  • Evidence to Action
  • Performance & Quality Improvement

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