Learning from the Landscape: Strategies in Early Childhood Health Equity
During the last decade, there has been an increasing understanding of how the social determinants of health (e.g., systemic and environmental challenges such as poverty, poor housing, and poor health care) affect the health and well-being of young children and their families. The multi-faceted nature of these challenges has led many communities and states to build – or expand – initiatives composed of representatives from multiple sectors, disciplines, and systems to join to address disparities in early experiences and outcomes for young children.
As interest in health disparities (and community-wide solutions to address them) grows, there is a need to better understand what challenges these initiatives face and what strategies communities have used to address those challenges.
The Early Childhood Health Equity (ECHE) Landscape Project set out to understand and highlight promising strategies to address key issues such as sustainability, data use, state and local relationships, cross-sector partnerships, and operationalizing health equity within the context of early childhood health equity initiatives.
- Identify other early childhood health equity initiatives for potential networking
- Describe key strategies that early childhood health equity initiatives have found to be impactful
Speakers will include:
- Researchers from the teams at NICHQ and Child Trends who conducted the project
- Representatives from early childhood health equity initiatives who will share their perspectives on success, challenges, and needs for the future