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.

Declaring Racism a Public Health Emergency: What Does That Mean?
September 24, 2020, 3:00 pm ET

In recent months, many states have taken the bold step of confronting racism by declaring it as a public health crisis, emergency, or issue. The NACDD Health Equity Council understands that this declaration can be interpreted in many ways. In this webinar, our expert panel will:
  • Examine existing data to combat the emergency.
  • Explore and define the meaning of this official declaration.
  • Identify the tools we have at our disposal to combat the crisis.
Register for Declaring Racism a Public Health Emergency: What Does That Mean? Webinar

Confronting Urgent Threats to Human Health & Society: COVID-19 and Climate Change
October 19, 2020, 11:30am ET

Monday, October 19th is the symposium on Confronting Urgent Threats to Human Health & Society: COVID-19 and Climate Change. We will open with a keynote address by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The address titled “Crises, Fast and Slow,” will reflect on COVID-19, climate change, and the imperative for global collaboration.

The first session will explore the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, including virus emergence, the impact of the pandemic, and US and global preparedness and response. The second session will explore the environmental, societal, and individual impacts of climate change on human health. The meeting will also include the President's Forum, which will address the role of science and policymaking in responding to global crises.

The following webinars are offered by the American Diabetes Association.

Strong Evidence-base for Embracing CHWs into the Public Health and Healthcare Workforce | 1 Credit

What HCPs Need to Know About Addressing Diabetes & Food Insecurity: Resources for Communities in Need | 1.5 Credit

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

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