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.

Racism and Discrimination in Health Care – Experiences Today and Actions to Address Going Forward
KFF and the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute held an interactive web briefing on Friday, December 11, to discuss addressing systemic racial discrimination in the health care system and meeting the moment to earn trust among individuals and communities as COVID-19 vaccines come to market.

COVID-19 in Washtenaw County – A Health Equity Series
With many health equity concerns arising or worsening under COVID-19, this five-part series discusses health equity issues related to the pandemic as well as resources and strategies to address them, particularly in Washtenaw County, MI.

All sessions are now available on demand:
Webinar Series: Intentionally Integrating Equity into SDOH Interventions
In this webinar series, health equity champions from across the country will share their experiences integrating equity into SDOH interventions — highlighting best practices, tools, and frameworks that attendees can apply to their own SDOH work. Attendees will better understand their role as change agents in an inequitable system and have the opportunity to engage in a space that focuses on uplifting and advancing equity, in particular racial equity, and tackling the systemic injustices that impact health.

Parts 1-3 are recorded:
  • Equity’s Role in SDOH Interventions – Implementation
  • Equity's Role in SDOH Interventions – Advocacy and Systems Change
  • Equity’s Role in SDOH Interventions – Data Democratization

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

Assessment Tool Download