How will we transform public health to effectively address health inequities— those difference in health that are systemic, avoidable, unfair and unjust? How will we respond? How will we move beyond our current scope to address issues such as residential segregation, income and wealth inequalities, redlining, gentrification, infrastructure deficits, air-water-and-soil pollution and political disenfranchisement? How will we engage in areas such as economic development, employment, education, housing, tax policy, immigration, voting policies, environmental regulation, land use, transportation, and more? Ultimately, how will we work to re-balance power so that ours is a society that truly works for the good of all?

Many public health departments, with their community and organizational alliances, are doing just that.

2019 Health Equity Awards Ceremony

The Advancing Health Equity Awards are designed to recognize and support those innovative local public health departments that are examining the health impacts of policies in other sectors, working with residents and decision makers to influence those policies, and supporting efforts to involve residents in local decision-making. The awards showcase and reward public health department practices that can inform future work and help advance a new standard of health equity practice in local health departments throughout California and beyond. Ceremony attendees from California local health departments are also invited to attend the accompany Health Equity Workshop Dec. 3rd & 4th (see more information below). Registration form for the ceremony includes the option to also register for the workshop. 

Join us for a dinner reception and celebration when the Health Equity Award winners are announced!

Featuring a fireside chat with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.

  • December 3, 2019
  • 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • The California Endowment
  • 2000 Franklin Street
  • Oakland, CA 94612

2019 Health Equity Workshop

The Advancing Health Equity Workshop is designed for those public health practitioners who believe in changing the status quo, in thinking differently and in fundamentally transforming how we approach health creation in this country. The workshop creates a space for people from local health departments across the state to gather and learn from, support, and inspire each other in doing deep, impactful and lasting health equity work. It is also a learning space to share strategies and ideas for adopting, implementing, leveraging and deepening essential practices that can build community voice and power to advance health. The workshop is designed for participants to attend both days. If you are not from a local health department but interested in attending, please contact sophia@humanimpact.org.

The 2019 Advancing Health Equity Workshop.

  • December 3, 2019, 11:00am – 3:45pm
  • December 4, 2019, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • The California Endowment
  • 2000 Franklin Street
  • Oakland, CA 94612


  • Discussion and activities around power analysis and power building
  • Relationship-building across health departments
  • Engaging speakers & panels highlighting health departments and community partners innovating to build power for health

Panel Themes

  • Local health departments partnering with community organizers – recent examples in California
  • What roles can public health play in communities where there is not a robust organizing infrastructure?
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