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CDC/DNPAO Health Equity Toolkit

The purpose of the CDC/DNPAO Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities.  The Toolkit’s primary focus is on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity. 

The Toolkit provides:

  • a 6-step planning framework to guide the implementation of effective responses to obesity in populations facing health disparities,

  • guidance on how to supplement and complement existing state efforts to address obesity across populations, and

  • evidence-informed and practice-based examples of strategies for addressing disparities.

The Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities was prepared by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and obesity with Stephen James, Lisa Hawley, Rachel Kramer, and Yvonne Wasilewski at SciMetrika, LLC.

Health Equity Resource Web Guide

CDC developed a web guide to serve as an instructional tool to complement the CDC Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity DisparitiesIn support of the dissemination and utilization of the stand alone Toolkit, this Web Guide is intended to:

  • Provide an overview of the Toolkit content    
  • Provide supplementary information, examples, and exercises to reinforce or expand upon Toolkit content
  • Guide users in the most effective use of the Toolkit sections

Within the pages of this web guide you will find instructions for the most efficacious use of the Toolkit, additional resources and links, as well as interactive components such as quizzes and models. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) for their participation in the development of a series of videos which are embedded throughout the “Address the Issue” section of the Web Guide.