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The Policy Scan in 10 Steps
In an effort to systematize policy approaches among various chronic disease and health promotion programs, a policy scan is a tool that could facilitate this process. A policy scan could serve as a planning tool, prevent duplication of efforts and assist with aids to prevent unintended consequences for vulnerable populations and move toward health equity. Developed by a DHPE fellow for the Connecticut Department of Public Health, this tool provides a systemic process to conduct a policy scan. Contact DHPE for more information on how we can provide this for you.

Using Policy Analysis Tools to Prioritize Our Coalition’s Recommendations to Improve Health Equity
DHPE integrates its programs to address health equity. As public health professionals are called upon to develop policies to approach health disparities, structured methods could assist coalitions to policy analysis and setting priorities. This presentation highlights steps and DHPE’s tools employed by a state health department to set priorities to plan and improve birth outcomes. 

RFA Health Equity Language Checklist
DHPE advances health policy and systems change with a health equity focus. Through creating credible and authoritative tools, DHPE seeks to build the capacity of state and territorial health agencies to implement strategies to ensure health equity for all. State health agencies are one of the gatekeepers that fund communities to implement programs addressing health disparities. The request for applications (RFA) checklist is a tool that state health agencies or other funders can use to assist with incorporating health equity concepts into their RFAs for health programs.

Community and Clinical Linkages: Patient Engagement Resource Tool
Patient and family engagement is a promising strategy toward improving health equity. An optimal engaged patient-provider relationship could lead to better health care, more efficient care and improved population health. Developed by DHPE fellow for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, this Patient Engagement Resource provides tools in five areas; patient care medical homes, partner with patients, self-care goals, improved patient safety and tools for practice.  This tool can be used to improve community and clinical linkages, empower patients and population health. 

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