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Health Equity Community of Practice (CoP) Overview


The Health Equity Community of Practice (CoP) was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of a grant to understand the role of community health centers in addressing health equity within the context of structural racism and discrimination. The Health Equity CoP focused on:

  • Understanding health disparities that occur in our communities as a result of structures and systems in place
  • Learning about current experiences to align and advance our collective thinking around what health centers and partners can do in this space
  • Identifying barriers, gaps, or challenges that health centers and partners have to rectify and address structural racism and discrimination


The CoP Session recordings and materials are available through the CoP Portal. To register for a portal account, scroll down and click on “Get Started.”

Topics include:

Session 1 – “In Sickness and In Wealth” – The Impact of Social Policies on Health Disparities and the Resulting Health-Wealth Gradient
Session 2 – “When the Bough Breaks” – Examining the Mystery of Infant Mortality Gap of Black Babies Compared to white babies
Session 3 – “Becoming American” – Exploring the Shifting Health Status of New Immigrants
Session 4 – “Bad Sugar” – Understanding how Disrupting Traditional Farming Practices Resulted in High Rates of Diabetes in Two Native American Communities
Session 5 – “Place Matters” – How Zip Code impacts a Person’s Health
Session 6 – “Collateral Damage” – Understanding the Legacy of Poverty and Powerlessness amongst Marshallese Community in Arkansas
Session 7 – “Not Just a Paycheck” – The Ripple Effect of a Large Factory in Michigan on the Community’s Health