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Health Equity

Monday, June 22 at 9:00am to 10:15am

Virtual Event

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The Virtual Learning Series on Substance Abuse is a part of the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Division of Behavioral Health Initiatives that support prevention, treatment and recovery from substance use disorders and problem gambling.

This virtual learning will focus on person centered planning for individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions, specifically addressing brain injury, intimate partner violence, opioid use disorder and problem gambling.

For more information on IDPH’s initiatives, please visit


Health equity is the idea that all people have the opportunity to achieve positive health outcomes. Inequities are social, economic and environmentally driven factors that adversely affect groups of people. Equity is foundational to the work of public health to ensure broad population health outcomes, in the context of policy, systems, and environment, and the lived experience of the populations we serve. This presentation will provide an overview of health equity concepts, and how they apply to the work of public health. It will also discuss concrete strategies to incorporate a health equity lens into our work, including how to use data, funding, and contracts to explore and dismantle inequities. Finally, this presentation will discuss how to use health equity principles when working directly with clients.


  • Describe basic health equity concepts.
  • Identify ways that health equity may be incorporated into contracts and other public health activities.
  • Use health equity principles to evaluate clients' perspectives.

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