​Resources for Equity

Recognition is growing that racism, sexism, and other forms of structural inequity are social determinants of health. In fact, these structural issues are social determinants of not just health, but also health equity. What’s also critical to understand is that we in healthcare, isolated as we might feel in our clinics, actually do have the power to affect these large forces.


Health professionals are increasingly hungry for actionable information on this critical, neglected aspect of health equity. We need more conversations, more mutual support, more usable tools.


HealthBegins is committed to catalyzing this movement by creating spaces for conversation, modeling methods, and sharing materials and resources. We see a powerful opportunity where the work of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion meets the work of Social Determinants of Health and the practice of Upstream Quality Improvement. We will make an impact when we weave these approaches together and fold them directly into the daily business of healthcare.


As a starting point, here is a crowdsourced, curated set of resources for health professionals who are passionate about this work. This list is continually updated. Have an additional resource to share? Tell us about it here, and help our whole community build justice and better health for all.


Racial Justice & Health Equity Resources

Featured Content

Staff Spotlight: Alexis Taylor, Survivor and Steadfast Champion of Structural Equity

"When I went through chemo, I started to talk to other patients, and there was obviously a disparity between patients that were of color and patients that were not. That was very monumental for me."

Upstreamist In Action: 3 Ways Health Systems Can Prepare to Equitably Meet Community Needs in a...

Aaron Boush knew when the pandemic hit that the needs of his patients and community changed overnight—the question was how do you rapidly and effectively pivot to address those changing needs? And how do you approach that work equitably?

How a Health System Acknowledged Historic Racism to Build Community Trust

Their exchange captured an underlying truth: how a health system holds itself accountable to the community is central to their health equity work.