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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 2021. Disparities impact statement. Baltimore, MD: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 7 pp.

Annotation: This tool can be used by all health care stake holders to achieve health equity for racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, individuals with limited English proficiency, and rural populations. The worksheet has five steps: identify health disparities and priority populations, define goals, establish health equity strategy, determine needs to implement strategy, monitor and evaluate progress.

Contact: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Telephone: (877) 267-2323 Secondary Telephone: (410) 786-3000 Fax: Web Site:

Keywords: Access to health care, Discrimination, Ethnic groups, Health care disparities, Health status disparities, Measures, Minority groups, Program evaluation, Race, Racial groups, Rural populations

Human Impact Partners, and Big Cities Health Coalition. 2020. Ensuring equity in COVID-19 planning, response, and recovery decision making: An equity lens tool for health departments. Oakland, CA: Human Impact Partners; Bethesda, MD: Big Cities Health Coalition, 25 pp.

Annotation: This resource provides an equity lens tool for health departments and sister agencies to use when making decisions related to COVID-19. The publication provides five steps that are involved in the process, including establishing parameters for assessment, designing community involvement, developing an assessment and communications plan, conducting the assessment, and communicating the findings. The resource gives examples from communities that have applied an equity lens when making decisions, provides questions for reflection, lists groups to consider in assessing impacts, and illustrates examples of challenges faced by specific populations at higher risk of exposure and illness.

Contact: Human Impact Partners, 304 12th Street, Suite 2B, Oakland, CA 94607, Telephone: (510) 452-9442 E-mail: Web Site:

Keywords: Discrimination, Federal initiatives, Infectious diseases, Minority groups, Prevention programs, Public policy, State initiatives, Virus diseases

Wyatt R, Laderman M, Botwinick L, Mate K, Whittington J. 2016. Achieving health equity: A guide for health care organizations. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement , 45 pp.

Annotation: This paper provides a framework for health care organizations to improve health equity in the communities they serve. Topics include making health equity a strategic priority, developing structure and processes to support health equity work, deploying specific strategies to address the multiple determinants of health on which health care organizations can have a direct impact, decreasing institutional racism within the organization, and developing partnerships with community organizations to improve health and equity. The paper also describes practical issues in measuring health equity, presents a case study of the Henry Ford Health System, and includes a self-assessment tool for health care organizations to assess their current state related to each component of the framework.

Contact: Institute for Healthcare Improvement , 20 University Road, Seventh Floor , Cambridge , MA 02138, Telephone: (617) 301-4800 Secondary Telephone: (866) 787-0831 Fax: (617) 301-4830 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Community participation, Discrimination, Equal opportunities, Health care delivery, Health disparities, Health systems agencies, Inclusion, Measures, Organizational change, Program improvement, Quality assurance, Self evaluation, Social bias

Smith KV, Dye C, Rotz D, Cook E, Rosinsky K, Scott M. 2016. Final impacts of the Gender Matters Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, 38 pp.

Annotation: This report presents findings from a large-scale demonstration project and evaluation of Gender Matters (Gen.M), a sexuality education curriculum that aims to reduce adolescent pregnancy and associated sexual risk behaviors, in part by challenging commonly held perceptions of gender roles and promoting healthy, equitable relationships. The study reports final impacts of the program on adolescent sexual risk behaviors and other longer-term outcomes measured 18 months after participants enrolled in the study.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone: (240) 453-2846 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescents, Attitudes, Gender discrimination, Model programs, Prevention programs, Program evaluation, Relationships, Risk taking, Sex characteristics, Sexual health

University of Michigan Health System, Adolescent Health Initiative. 2015. Voices of transgender adolescents in healthcare. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Health System, Adolescent Health Initiative, 1 video.

Annotation: This video for health professionals and staff offers perspectives from transgender and gender non-conforming youth about their experiences and what they want from the health care system.

Contact: University of Michigan Health System, Adolescent Health Initiative, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A6, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2197, Telephone: (734) 998-2034 Fax: (734) 998-2213 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents, Gender discrimination, Health services delivery, Personal narratives, Sex characteristics, Sex role, Training, Young adults

Benyo A, Borchelt G, Davenport K, Garcia K, Garrett D, Glover S, Levin S, Palanker D, Gandal-Powers M, Ross C. 2015. State of women's coverage: Health plan violations of the Affordable Care Act. Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center, 34 pp.

Annotation: This report assesses coverage of women’s health services by analyzing coverage offered on health insurance Marketplaces by more than 100 insurance companies in 15 states during 2014 and 2015. The report exposes violations related to maternity care, birth control, breastfeeding support and supplies, genetic testing, well-woman visits, prescription drug coverage, care related to gender transition for transgender individuals, chronic pain treatment, and certain pre-existing conditions. The report also highlights examples of discriminatory practices, such as denying maternity coverage to daughters of subscribers.

Contact: National Women's Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 588-5180 Fax: (202) 588-5185 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Discrimination, Health care reform, Health insurance, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Preventive health services, State programs, Women's health

Minnesota Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Section. 2015. Infant mortality reduction plan for Minnesota, part one: A partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health and the residents of Minnesota. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Section, 79 pp.

Annotation: This document for stakeholders in the private, public, academic, or non-profit sectors outlines a strategic plan to address the infant mortality problem in Minnesota, particularly persistent racial and ethnic disparities in poor birth outcomes. Contents include background and key findings on the sources of long-standing disparities in infant mortality, particularly among American Indians and African Americans, and perspectives on what changes could be made in systems, policies, and practices to improve birth outcomes. Additional contents include broad recommendations to further reduce infant mortality in the state; vision, goals, and objectives; and a call to action.

Contact: Minnesota Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Section, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882, Telephone: (651) 201-3760 Fax: (651) 201-3590 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: American Indians, Barriers, Blacks, Community action, Ethnic groups, Health care disparities, Infant mortality, Minnesota, Racial discrimination, Statewide planning, Strategic plans

Tappin K. 2015. Inequities in maternal and child health: An analysis of policy, practice, and social determinants over the life-course. Greenbelt, MD: Mid Atlantic Health Policy Research Consortium, 43 pp.

Annotation: This paper examines the social determinants experienced over the life course and their influence on adverse birth outcomes for black women in Maryland. Contents include background on Maryland and data on maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, and on the Eastern Shore; vital statistics data on the health of mothers and infants in Maryland; and a set of proposals to strengthen Maryland's policies and programs around MCH.

Contact: Health Policy Research Consortium, CTIS, 6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 310, Greenbelt, MD 20770, Telephone: (301) 375-2021 Fax: (240) 582-7846 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adverse effects, Blacks, Health care disparities, Health disparities, Infants, Life course, MCH programs, MCH research, MCH services, Maryland, Mothers, Outcome and process assessment, Policy development, Pregnant women, Program development, Racial discrimination, Racial factors, Racism, Sociocultural factors, Socioeconomic factors, State programs, Statistical data, Women

Lhamon CE. 2014. Dear colleague letter: Responding to bullying of students with disabilities. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 13 pp.

Annotation: This letter provides guidance for schools in the area of disability discrimination and urges schools to work proactively to ensure a safe school environment for all students. Contents include an overview of federal protections for students with disabilities in schools; the elements of a violation; how complaints involving bullying of students with disabilities are analyzed; and hypothetical examples that illustrate varying circumstances when conduct may constitute a violation. The guidance also offers insight into what might be required of a school to remedy instances of bullying upon a finding of disability discrimination.

Contact: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-1100, Telephone: (800) 421-3481 Fax: (202) 453-6012 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents with special health care needs, Bullying, Children with special health care needs, Schools, Social discrimination

Prentice B. 2014. Expanding the boundaries: Health equity and public health practice. Washington, DC: National Association of County and City Health Officials, 64 pp.

Annotation: This book focuses on how the prospects for health and well-being are influenced by social inequalities. Contents include an overview of the early history of public health and how some of the greatest achievements prefigure a contemporary health equity practice; the root causes of health inequities including class, racism, and gender inequity and heterosexism; profiles of health equity practice; elements of health equity practice that have emerged from the work of state and local health departments across the United States; and reflections on a future health equity practice.

Contact: National Association of County and City Health Officials, 1100 17th Street, N.W., Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 783-5550 Fax: (202) 783-1583 E-mail: Web Site: $9.95 members; $19.95 nonmembers. Document Number: NA614.

Keywords: Civil rights, Equal opportunities, Gender discrimination, Public health agencies, Racial discrimination, Sexism, Social discrimination

Human Impact Partners, ISAIAH. 2013. Rapid health impact assessment of school integration strategies in Minnesota. Washington, DC: Pew Charitable Trusts, Health Impact Project, 39 pp.

Annotation: This document presents findings and recommendations from an evaluation of the projected health effects of legislation to reauthorize integration funding and guide how schools use it. Topics include health impact assessment; school integration; historical context; school integration and segregation in Minnesota; baseline demographics and health in Minnesota; and impacts of school integration on educational achievement, health, and equity. Recommendations are included.

Contact: Pew Charitable Trusts, Health Impact Project, 901 E Street, N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20004, Telephone: (202) 540-6012 Fax: (202) 552-2299 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Academic achievement, Discrimination, Equal opportunities, Health status, Minnesota, Outcome and process assessment, Policy analysis, Proposed legislation, Public policy, Schools, State legislation

Camacho A. 2012. Top health issues for LGBT populations: Information and resource kit. Rockville, MD: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 58 pp.

Annotation: This resource kit presents an overview of current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. It describes the top physical, behavioral, and sexual health issues and examines the prevalence of substance abuse within each of these populations. Included are helpful terms for prevention specialists and healthcare providers, a discussion about gender identity, selected web-based resources, and powerpoint slides that focus on the top health issues for the LGBT populations. The tools in the kit may be used separately or together and are intended to help raise awareness of the physical and behavioral health status and needs of the LGBT populations.

Contact: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (877) SAMHSA-7 Secondary Telephone: (877) 726-4727 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Health promotion, Homosexuality, Psychosocial development, Public awareness materials, Sexuality, Social discrimination

U.S. Government Accountability Office. 2012. School bullying: Extent of legal protections for vulnerable groups needs to be more fully assessed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 58 pp.

Annotation: This report addresses what is known about the prevalence of school bullying and its effects on victims, approaches that selected states and local school districts are taking to combat school bullying, legal options that federal and selected state governments have in place when bullying leads to allegations of discrimination, and key federal agencies' coordination efforts to combat school bullying. Background, methodology, and findings are included.

Contact: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20548, Telephone: (202) 512-3000 Secondary Telephone: E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents, Bullying, Discrimination, Elementary schools, High schools, Junior high school, Legal issues, Legal processes, Middle schools, Prevention, Research, School age children, School districts, Schools, Service coordination, Statistical data

Human Rights Campaign. 2012. Growing up LGBT in America: At home, at school, in the community. Washington, DC: Human Rights Campaign, 24 pp. (HRC youth survey report)

Annotation: This report, which provides information from a survey that measured key factors impacting the daily lives of over 10,000 lesbian, gay, bixexual, or transgender adolescents (ages 13-17) from every region of the United States, presents a picture of the difficulties that this population faces. The report includes a summary of the findings and presents information in the following categories: personal well-being, community, home and family, school and peers, and culture.

Contact: Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W, Washington, DC 20036-4160, Telephone: (800) 777-4723 Secondary Telephone: (202) 216-1572 Fax: (202) 347-5323 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent attitudes, Adolescent behavior, Adolescent sexuality, Communities, Discrimination, Families, Homosexuality, Schools, Sexual identity, Surveys

U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2012. Healthy People 2020 webinar on transgender health. [Rockville, MD]: U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,

Annotation: This webinar focuses on the new objective in Healthy People 2020's lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender topic area; transgender health; the development of gender identify; and health issues specific to transgender individuals. The webinar also discusses how the Affordable Care Act of 2010 affects individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) and how the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is working to including LGBT issues in its health research. Efforts to increase access to care and improve the health of individuals with HIV/AIDS are also discussed.

Contact: U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100, Rockville, MD 20852, Fax: (240) 453-8282 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: AIDS, Access to health care, Discrimination, Gender discrimination, HIV infected patients, Health insurance, Health promotion, Healthy People 2020, High risk groups, Homosexuality, Legislation, Prevention, Research, Sexual identity

National Center for Transgender Equality. 2012. Transgender sexual and reproductive health: Unmet needs and barriers to care. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality, 3 pp.

Annotation: This fact sheet provides information about sexual and reproductive health for transgender people.Topics include preventive health screenings, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy, physical and sexual abuse, sexual and reproductive health care-seeking behavior, and access to health information. Recommendations to improve transgender sexual and reproductive health care are included.

Contact: National Center for Transgender Equality, 1325 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 903-0112 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Barriers, Gender discrimination, Health behavior, Health care delivery, Health care utilization, Policy development, Program improvement, Reproductive health, Sexual health

Carbaugh A. 2011. The U.S. Global Health Initiative’s Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle: A roundtable discussion. Menlo Park, CA: J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 6 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes the discussion of a roundtable that took place at the Kaiser Family Foundation in November 2010. The roundtable examined the women, girls, and gender-equality principle of the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI). The report introduces the roundtable and presents the principle behind the GHI, discusses the guidance, and presents roundtable key issues.

Contact: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, Telephone: (650) 854-9400 Secondary Telephone: (202) 347-5270 Fax: (650) 854-4800 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Female adolescents, Female children, Gender discrimination, Initiatives, International health, Women

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. 2011. It's your life. Washington, DC: American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law,

Annotation: This website is geared toward helping adolescents in foster care who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) navigate the child welfare system. The site provides information about harassment, discrimination, and violence; homelessness and running away; health and sexuality; and state-specific resources. A 24-hour hotline is included. The site also adresses common questions, presents stories about LGBTQ adolescents, discusses life after foster care, and provides other related information.

Contact: American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law, 740 15th Street, N.W., , Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 662-1000 Secondary Telephone: (800) 285-2221 Fax: (202) 662-1755 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescent sexuality, Child welfare agencies, Children's rights, Discrimination, Foster care, Homelessness, Homosexuality, Runaways, Sexual harassment, Violence

Bell J, Lee MM. 2011. Why place and race matter. Oakland, CA: PolicyLink; Los Angels, CA: The California Endowment, 110 pp.

Annotation: This report examines how place and race intersect and how they impact health together and independently. The authors present a framework for building healthy communities, with an emphasis on policy change focused on equitable results. Topics include promising initiatives in California and beyond to improve health through an intentional focus on place, and often on race. Opportunities for action in specific policy arenas and strategies for dismantling racially based policies that undermine the health of states and the nation are also addressed.

Contact: PolicyLink, 1438 Webster Street, Suite 303, Oakland, CA 94612, Telephone: (510) 663-2333 Fax: (510) 663-9684 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Environment health, Health status, Public policy, Racial discrimination

Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council Center for American Progress with COLAGE, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, National Association of Social Workers. 2011. All children matter: How legal and social inequalities hurt LGBT families. Denver, CO: Movement Advancement Project; Boston, MA: Family Equality Council; Washington, DC: Center for American Progress, 125 pp.

Annotation: This report examines how current laws, practices, and social stigma hurt children with lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) parents and work against achieving the goals of securing stable, loving homes for all children and ensuring economic security, heath, and well-being for all children. The authors assess key challenges that stand in the way of achieving these goals and offer recommendations for eliminating or reducing inequities and improving the lives of children with LGBT parents.

Contact: Family Equality Council, P.O. Box 206, Boston, MA 02133, Telephone: (617) 502-8700 Fax: (617) 502-8701 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Child development, Child health, Children, Economic factors, Families, Homosexuality, Parents, Sex factors, Social discrimination, Social factors, Sociocultural factors

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.