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All children deserve the opportunity to meet their full health potential and lead a fulfilling life. Yet health inequities in the United States prevent many kids from meeting their full potential. Importantly, the odds of positive or negative health are never set in stone. Research shows that prevention and early intervention are effective for children living in circumstances that put them at risk (such as living in poverty or being exposed to chronic adversity). Practice, policy, and systems-level changes informed by science can reduce the odds of adverse exposures, narrow health disparities, and advance health equity.

Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity outlines steps needed to move children who are at risk for negative outcomes toward positive health trajectories and reduce health disparities.

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Do you have tools that help you encourage creating a healthy school or district? Are those tools flexible enough to meet the specific needs of schools in your community? The Healthy Schools Toolkit is a new resource designed to help educators build healthy schools from the inside out to ensure all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Begin the journey toward healthy schools today by downloading the Healthy Schools Toolkit.

The Healthy Schools Toolkit is informed by research with two school districts in the St. Louis region to uncover how people, embedded in school systems, and armed with the right messages can make school health an actionable priority. One of the clear insights was this: there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the complex issues schools face. With this principle in mind, this toolkit was designed so that schools and districts can tailor it to meet their specific needs. You can choose which tools to use based on the resources and time you have and information you need.

The Healthy Schools Toolkit was developed by Health Equity Works, a research-based initiative in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, as part of Together for Healthy and Successful Schools, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To learn more about the toolkit and the initiative, visit the project website.

 

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SNAP-Ed teaches people to shop for and cook healthy meals. SNAP-Ed can help people learn how to make their SNAP dollars stretch. SNAP-Ed works with partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

The SNAP-Ed Toolkit is a collection of evidence-based interventions. You can search through the different categories and filters to find what you need. This toolkit helps SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies across the country find evidence-based interventions and explore the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework in order to strengthen our impact on our goal to help SNAP-eligible households make healthy eating and physical activity choices on a limited budget.

The SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework and Interpretive Guide is also available on the SNAP-Ed Toolkit site.

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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to talking about and implementing health policies. General information about various topics is listed below as a starting point for local wellness initiatives. Among these resources you can find: what a policy is; health facts about tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity in Oklahoma; and a toolkit for worksite smoking cessation.

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The Competencies for Population Health Professionals (Population Health Competencies) are a set of skills desirable for population health professionals (PHF). Based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies), the Population Health Competencies are primarily designed for hospital, health system, public health, healthcare, and other professionals engaged in assessment of population health needs and development, delivery, and improvement of population health programs, services, and practices. This may include activities related to community health needs assessments, community health improvement plans, implementation of community-based interventions, and coalition building.

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For far too long, discriminatory laws and policies have prevented people from living healthy lives.

Everyone deserves good jobs and schools, healthy food, safe neighborhoods, quality health care, and affordable housing. But some folks are excluded from accessing these basic needs because of unfair policies that create barriers to health in underserved communities. Changing existing laws and policies is the most effective method for undoing the harms of discriminatory policies and advancing health equity across America.

ChangeLab Solutions is proud to announce A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy. This new resource presents legal strategies and best practices to help policymakers, practitioners, and communities improve health outcomes.

The Blueprint outlines ways to leverage the unique power and efficacy of local policy solutions, incorporate health in all policies, and engage diverse community members in the policy process. At its core, the Blueprint focuses on comprehensive strategies to address the fundamental drivers of health inequities.

ChangeLab Solutions developed A Blueprint for Changemakers in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a national committee of advisors.

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