Health Equity and Community Development
The intersection between Health Equity and Community Development are at the forefront of conversations in many CDCs today. The time has come to gain a better understanding of how these fields connect and how CDCs and other nonprofit organizations can bridge the work they’re already doing in communities to the efforts of increasing health equity.
This introductory training will give you the chance to explore the connections between health disparities, housing, and other structures that have been defined by racist policies and practices. There will also be discussions about the social and economic factors that influence health outcomes and learn about state-level developments that start to address the social and economic causes of health disparities, including the different ways racism manifests itself in health outcomes.
Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm interventions that address health inequity at the community-level as well as at the population-level. Learn how CDCs have used their tools and expertise to move the needle on health outcomes and how to address health disparities in our communities from a Community Development perspective.
This training is geared toward community development professionals, planners, and housing advocates, with little or no formal training in health equity or public health. You may be interested in attending if you:
- Are curious about how to incorporate a health equity lens into your work
- Would like to think critically about the connections between community development, racial equity, and health outcomes
- Want to learn more about existing partnerships between CDCs and health care institutions
Elana Brochin is MACDC’s Program Director for Health Equity, where she drives MACDC’s work to promote health equity through the convergence of community development and health through policy, partnerships, and technical assistance to MACDC members. Elana earned an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and a Masters of Public Health from Tufts University and a BA from Cornell University. Prior to working at MACDC, Elana worked as the Health Care Project Manager at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO), where she managed the update of the Attorney General’s Community Benefits Guidelines. Previous to her work at the AGO, Elana worked as a Research Coordinator and Research Associate at the Institute for Aging Research.