Building Leadership Capacity to Advance Health Equity – By and For Black Women

Building Leadership Capacity to Advance Health Equity – By and For Black Women

Investments in community-led initiatives, strategies, and solutions are crucial to build the power and capacity of populations most impacted by health and social inequities. The Well Black Woman® Institute (WBWI) is an innovative leadership development program for Black women in Wisconsin. WBWI builds the knowledge, skills, and capacity of Black women to become health equity advocates, leaders, and change agents within their communities and across the state.

Bridging the Gap: Telehealth, Broadband, and Equity in Healthcare Access

Bridging the Gap: Telehealth, Broadband, and Equity in Healthcare Access

The COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted telehealth’s potential, but revealed a stark reality: 14.5 million Americans lack broadband access, disproportionately affecting rural and tribal communities. Telehealth offers hope, but its promise is hindered by access inequities. Recognizing broadband as a crucial determinant of health, policymakers are acting, ranging from state-level initiatives to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. However, broadband expansion is just the beginning. Achieving healthcare equity demands policy reforms, workforce training, and collaboration. The pandemic taught us that telehealth is transformative, but its benefits must reach every corner of our nation, leaving no one behind in the pursuit of health and equity.

But First, Health First Indiana

But First, Health First Indiana

Health First Indiana is an initiative created by Senate Enrolled Act 4, legislation passed by the 2023 Indiana General Assembly that will transform Indiana’s public health infrastructure. The legislation provides funding so local health departments (LHDs) can determine the health needs of their community and implement evidence-based programs focused on prevention. Health First Indiana establishes a public health infrastructure through a state and local partnership where services are delivered at the county level. Counties decide whether to opt-in to the new funding to provide and/or expand upon the core public health services, including trauma and injury prevention, chronic disease prevention, maternal and child health, and more.

Public Health Boot Camps for Local Health Officers and Administrators

Public Health Boot Camps for Local Health Officers and Administrators

In April 2023, the Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Enrolled Act 4, which included a requirement for new health officers to complete a foundational public health training. The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) contracted with the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) to manage the logistics and development of this training.