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Racial Equity Through Action and Learning, Summit Part 3-Equity in All Policies (On Demand-No CE)

Started Feb 17, 2021


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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available for this free course.

Current data show that people of color fare worse than their white counterparts in nearly every area: housing, employment, education, justice, and health. The COVID-19 pandemic and the most recent acts of police brutality has shone a spotlight on persistent racial inequities in Central Ohio. In response local governments, have intensified their efforts to advance racial equity.

In his February, 2020 State of the City Address, Mayor Ginther asked City of Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts to address racism as a public health crisis. In response, she created the Center for Public Health Innovation to lead on this issue. In April of 2020 Franklin County Public Health created its Health and Equity in all Policies Policy and passed a resolution, as did the Franklin County Commissioners, declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis. In June, the Columbus Health Board of Health and the Columbus City Council each passed resolutions declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis.

Racial inequities are not random; they have been created and sustained over time. Inequities will not disappear on their own, we all share responsibility for dismantling racism in our communities. The Racial Equity through Action and Learning: Laying the Groundwork summit aims to build capacity to advance racial equity and justice. We are utilizing the national best practice developed by the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.

The Racial Equity Through Action and Learning virtual summit was originally held on Oct. 30, 2020. This session will discuss how policies have affected social determinants of health and how health equity impact assessments can be used to address equity. You do not need to view the other sessions from this summit to view this one; however, if you wish to do so, you may enroll in those sessions on the Training Catalog.


Public health professionals in governmental agencies, as well as public health and health practitioners in all settings, including nurses, health educators, managers, policy developers and/or advocates, etc.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the social determinants of health and provide examples of the ways it impacts health outcomes
  • Describe how historical policies have shaped the structure and resources available to community at present day
  • Define Health Equity in All Policies and provide example of tools used to assess equity


Kierra Barnett, PhD, MPH, Racial and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Researcher, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University


This virtual summit, originally held on Oct. 30, 2020, was a collaboration between Columbus Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, and the Region V Public Health Training Center.

The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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