Health Equity


shaking hands The American Public Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and many other health organizations underscore that racism is a longstanding public health crisis that impacts both mental and physical health. Systemic racism undermines equity and opportunity and is far-reaching; in health, education, economic opportunity, employment, housing, transportation, and criminal justice.

In Michigan, some communities are affected more severely by diabetes but do not receive a commensurate share of diabetes research, treatment and education. There are programs and resources that advocate optimal health for all people. The DPAC Health Equity page serves to share resources, webinars and learning opportunities for our partners. If you have additional resources to share on this web page, please send them to:

Learn! The following resources might be a helpful place to start

Connect! The following webinars allow you learn and connect with others in the diabetes and health care arena that want to know more, address social determinants of health and decrease disparities.

What Health Care Professionals Need to Know About Addressing Diabetes & Food Insecurity: Resources for Communities in Need

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 1:00pm ET

CE Credits Available: 1.5
Speakers: Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Learning Objectives
  • Define food insecurity and describe those who are most affected.
  • Describe how diabetes and food insecurity impact diabetes related health outcomes.
  • Describe the role that community health workers play in addressing food insecurity.
  • Identify screening tools and resources within your own community.
Register for What Health Care Professionals Need to Know About Addressing Diabetes & Food Insecurity

Advancing Health Equity During and Beyond COVID-19: Addressing Housing and Homelessness

July 10, 2020 │ 1:30 PM EDT

Many Americans struggle to maintain a safe and healthy place to live. People who are housing insecure or experience homelessness typically have poorer physical and mental health outcomes and are at greater risk for infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to other challenges.

In response, solutions such as providing short-term housing arrangements, rental assistance and freezes on evictions have been put in place to reduce the risk of exposure among vulnerable populations during the pandemic. However, these short-term solutions won't be enough. Also required are sustainable long-term programs that equitably improve opportunities for all individuals and families to live in safe and affordable housing.

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Act! Take an organizational Self-Assessment: Working Principles for Health Justice and Racial Equity

The Working Principles for Health Justice & Racial Equity Organizational Self-Assessment is a tool for organizations or programs to reflect on the ways in which they embody health justice and racial equity in practice, and identify opportunities for growth and improvement. Praxis does not believe that health justice and racial equity can simply be calculated; rather, this assessment is simply a guide to facilitate reflection and team discussions, and support actions that organizations can take to improve authentic community partnerships.

This tool references our Working Principles for Health Justice and Racial Equity, which describes how we identified these five working principles, and what each principle encompasses.

Go to Praxis Project Webpage

Assessment Tool Download