CAHA is committed to building a healthy culture throughout the Tri-County by developing and expanding initiatives to promote healthy behaviors and well-being.
The Healthy Lifestyles Committee recently went through a Health Equity & Social Justice Exploration Series, comprised of tools, assessments, resources, guest speakers and in-depth analysis of the root causes of inequity. The series goal was to raise awareness of health inequity; identify actions that CAHA members can take toward implementing health equity practices and policies in their organizations; and develop a greater comfort level and common language when speaking about health inequities. The series was concluded with participants creating a personal and organizational Health Equity Action Plan. Jessica Yorko, Health Equity & Social Justice Coordinator for the Ingham County Health Department played a major role in developing and facilitating this series.
The topics discussed, and knowledge gained through this series has been instrumental in informing one of CAHA’s overarching focuses for 2019/20 of addressing racial and ethnic health inequities. CAHA is building its capacity to facilitate difficult yet needed conversations, and is continuing to partner with Ingham County Health Department and the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation process, https://healourcommunities.org
in this endeavor.