Introduction

Local boards of health (LBOH) are responsible for protecting the public's health by providing the 10 Essential Public Health Services outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of these essential services is to communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. Health equity is a framework for addressing the social and environmental factors that contribute to negative health outcomes in specific segments of the population. This training will detail what is meant by health and health equity. It will also outline health promotion strategies that LBOH can use when planning and implementing interventions that support the health and well-being of all individuals and families in their community.

Companion trainings include:

Learning Objectives

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Healthy People initiative and leading health indicators
  • Define and differentiate between the terms health, public health, health equity, health disparity, health inequity, and social determinants of health
  • Detail three health promotion strategies
  • Identify three planning steps and seven action plan elements for a successful health promotion intervention
  • Name four ways you can support health equity in your community