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Category: Equity

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tool Type: Questionnaire / Survey
Data Collection Tool

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is a system of state-based telephone surveys that collects info about chronic disease and injury risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and access to health care.

Indicators of Healthy Aging: A Guide to Explore Healthy Aging Data through Community Health Improvement

Author: National Association of County and City Health Officials and Trust for America’s Health
Tool Type: Guides, National Data Source, Reports
Existing Data Source

The purpose of this resource is to better understand and advance healthy aging through community health improvement activities as well as provide a roadmap for health departments, health practitioners, nonprofits, health systems, and community organizations.

Participatory Asset Mapping Toolkit

Author: The Advancement Project
Tool Type: Guides
Data Collection Tool

This guide is a resource developed by the Advancement Project by Healthy City to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in leveraging community knowledge and assets for advocacy. Focusing on Participatory Asset Mapping, it combines participatory mapping and asset mapping to identify and document community assets. The toolbox provides practical guidance for hosting asset mapping events, conducting workshops, and conducting research within the Community Based Participatory Action Research framework. It emphasizes community-based organizations that actively engage residents and aims to amplify community voices in decision-making. This guide can be used to help organizations identify community assets, empower communities, and create positive change at the local level.

Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics

Author: Sarah Rodman-Alvarez, PhD, MPH, and Kathryn Colasanti, MS
Tool Type: Reports
Sample Resource

This report provides comprehensive metrics regarding food and agriculture in the United States for measuring racial equity status in food systems, which are intentionally selected and categorized by Food Access, Food and Farm Business, Food Chain Labor, and Food Movement for the purpose of county, state, or national use.


E(RACE)ing Inequities

Author: Center for Racial Equity in Education
Tool Type: Reports
Sample Resource

The report reveals the historical education disadvantages among students of color in North Carolina public schools and the indicators that cause the population less likely to succeed in school and professional development. It provides vital information and context surrounding inequitable structures and patterns within the public education system for school leaders and policymakers moving forward to address racial inequity and build a more equitable school system for the educational success of all students in North Carolina public schools.

Food System Racial Equity Assessment Tool: A Facilitation Guide

Author: Lexa Dundore, University of Wisconsion-Extension
Tool Type: Guides
Data Collection Tool

This guide provides a practical step-by-step guide for group discussion on building a food system with racial equity, social justice, and sustainability. Recommended questions are listed and categorized by People, Place, Process, and Power for thoughtful discussion, which further helps key stakeholders identify gaps and issues that need to be addressed and move forward to inclusive programming and policymaking programs/policies.

The Roadmap for Racial Equity: An Imperative for Workforce Development Advocates

Author: National Skills Coalition
Tool Type: Reports
Sample Resource

The Roadmap for Racial Equity recognizes the historical disparities in employment and income as well as the challenges faced by people of color with deep generational roots and immigrants in the United States. Moreover, the report illustrates how existing workforce development policies intentionally create systemic barriers to people of color and recommends policy solutions / interventions for both state and federal levels with specific actions to take to build an equitable employment system and diverse racial workforce in the U.S.