Advancing Equity in Community Health
The California Department of Public Health has been working in collaboration with local health jurisdictions (LHJs), community-based organizations (CBOs), and other key partners to develop and implement a State Health Equity Plan (SHEP). The SHEP will serve as the shared equity strategy and implementation plan for Let’s Get Healthy California – the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). These efforts aim to collectively advance health equity and improve community health, especially for populations experiencing significant disparities across health outcomes.
The initial phase of the State Health Equity Plan (SHEP) development process has focused on identifying existing state and local equity efforts and compiling that information into a — SHEP Preliminary Framework — a tool for organizing and aligning equity-focused activities. Research and feedback were incorporated into this working draft to share innovative and best practices and support future engagements that aim to strengthen areas in need of further development.