Engaging Across Sectors and Disciplines to Build Community and Capacity for Health Equity
Illustration of Diverse Occupations

Course Objective

  • Define community
  • Engage in multi-sectoral partnerships and interventions for health equity
  • Implement strategies within your organization to advance health equity

Date: September 5, 2017

Dr. Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL
Founder and President
Health Equity Initiative

Disparities in health and healthcare are connected to population health and affect the delivery, access and quality of care, especially for vulnerable populations. There are social determinants (i.e. housing, built environment, age) that can negatively affect health outcomes. Dr. Renata Schiavo, Founding President of the Health Equity Initiative (HEI), discusses how professionals across sectors and disciplines can collaborate to build healthier communities. The term health equity is defined and framed as a human rights and social justice issue that will provide individuals with the same opportunities to stay healthy and cope with crises, regardless of socioeconomic factors and other social determinants. Regardless of status, Dr. Schiavo views health equity as a priority for all and uses case studies to exemplify how multi-sector partnerships can effectively mobilize communities to reduce health disparities and healthcare costs. By working with communities and using community engagement approaches, these multi-sector partnerships can foster community ownership and sustainability of health innovations. Dr. Schiavo also provides methods and strategies to bring multidisciplinary stakeholders together in order to develop sustainable, equitable solutions.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center