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.

Systemic Racism & Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen
August 11, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar will discuss how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference.

Hosted by The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation. NIHCM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to transforming health care through evidence and collaboration.

What Can I Do? How White Colleagues Can Respond after Incidents of Racial Injustice
August 13, 2020, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Davenport University's IPEx for a FREE webinar on Thursday, August 13 led by Latoya Booker, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and Dr. Keri Dutkiewicz, Director, Office of Performance Excellence. Learn how to show up for your colleagues. Take action to influence a more inclusive organizational culture wherever you work.

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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