Strategies to Advance Health Equity: How Health Departments Can Protect the Health of Immigrants

Content Experts:
Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, MPH
Distinguished Professor
Faculty Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Emily Franzosa, DrPH, MA
Senior Researcher, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy


This self-paced, interactive module prepares public health professionals working in state and local health departments to develop or support health care, social services, and public health programs to protect the health of immigrants. This session begins with an introduction to immigration policy and its relationship to health as well as local strategies to protect immigrant health. Next, learns will explore three case studies that highlight real policy changes governments have implemented to create more immigrant inclusive communities. During these case studies, learners will have time to reflect on ways their organization can partner with government agencies to support immigration health.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe evidence documenting major health challenges facing immigrants in the United States
  2. Explain the pathways by which immigration policy can influence the health of immigrant populations
  3. Identify specific strategies that state and local health agencies can adopt to improve health for immigrant populations
  4. Describe at least three specific local or state initiatives designed to improve the health of immigrant populations that could be adapted to the participant’s community
  5. Explain how LHDs can leverage “upstream” strategies, including partnering with other agencies, social movements and community organizations, to design implement these initiative

Continuing Education: 1.0 CPH, 1.0 CHES

Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014 Version)

1A1, 1A11, 1A12, 1B1, 1B11, 1B12, 1C1, 1C11, 1C12, 2A2, 2A5, 2A6, 2A7, 2B2, 2B5, 2B6, 2B7, 2C2 , 2C5, 2C6, 3A3, 3A7, 3A8, 3B3, 3B7, 3B8, 3C3, 3C7, 3C8, 4A3, 4A4, 4A5, 4A6, 4B3, 4B4 , 4B5, 4B6, 4C3, 4C4, 4C5, 5A1, 5A2, 5A3, 5A4, 5B1, 5B3, 5B9, 5C1, 5C3, 8A2, 8A3, 8A4, 8B2, 8B3, 8B10, 8C2, 8C10

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I do not work for a State or Local Health Department in NYS.

I do work for a State or a Local Health Department in NYS.

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you register for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).

King County Equity Impact Review (EIR) Tool

Developed by Seattle & King County Public Health, this Equity Impact Review (EIR) tool provides guidance on identifying the equity impact of programs and policies while under development or when being considered for revision. As part of the Equity and Social Justice Initiative at King County, all King County Departments are being directed to use the Equity Impact Review (EIR) tool to ensure that promoting equity is intentionally considered in the development and implementation of key policies and programs and in major revisions to a policy or program. This tool is designed for use at the county level but it can be adapted for the state level. The tool is used to assess how a program or policy has or will positively or negatively affect determinants of equity, including housing, education, built and natural environments, and community economic development.

King County EIR Tool

Transgender Law Center

The mission of the Transgender Law Center is to “to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.”