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To achieve health equity, Equity in OC takes action on
“Social determinants of health are life-enhancing resources, such as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education, and health care, whose distribution across populations effectively determines length and quality of life.”
The Equity in OC community will take collective actions on three Social Determinants of Health
Community Health Improvement Leadership Academies (CHILAs) are dynamic, engaging, and empowering. Although there are practical components to creating a CHILA-like experience, there are elements that are ingrained throughout the entire process that set CHILAs apart from any other learning session. It is the embodiment of our shared core values and the infusion of Community of Solutions (i.e., Leading for Outcomes, Leading for Equity, Leading Together, Leading from Within, and Leading for Sustainability) skills into each learning session that give them a feel that is unmatched elsewhere. The CHILAs include several interconnected activities to ensure transformation and progress towards equity improvement goals.
A total of 6 million dollars in equity improvement projects implementation grants will be awarded for projects that seek to identify and close equity gaps in health outcomes, social determinants of health impacting a neighborhood/population/community, clinical care delivery for a population, and/or address systemic and structural racism.
Yes, attendance of all the CHILAs is a requirement of grant recipients. Specifically, attendance of the first CHILA (June 28-June 30, 2022) is a requirement to apply for the equity projects implementation grants. During the first CHILA, teams will have time to begin, expand, or refine their equity improvement project ideas/proposals, learn from experts and other partners, and receive coaching and support.
Make sure your equity improvement team attends the first CHILA and applies for the grants and proposed equity improvement projects, and if selected continues to participate in CHILA #2 and CHILA #3 and their related anchor activities (i.e., equity action labs, coaching/technical assistance, and trainings).
Equity improvement projects will be selected based on the projects/solutions identified, team composition, team readiness and willingness, resources identified/aligned/leveraged, and capacity within the Action and Learning Community.
Teams may come from within a participating organization or may represent multiple organizations who want to partner on an equity project of shared interest. Regardless, the composition of an equity improvement team should include the following:
A framework of action that involves setting an ambitious goal, developing an action plan, designing potential solutions, and testing those solutions. Involves co-designing with a full range of people (especially those with lived experience) and organizations. While each Equity Action Lab is different, the basic structure follows: