CoP Overview


The Health Equity Community of Practice (CoP) is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of a grant to understand the role of community health centers in addressing health equity within the context of structural racism and discrimination.

The Health Equity CoP will be a virtual forum for frontline partnerships including, but not limited to health centers, social service organizations, and centralized public health entities with the goals of:

  • Understanding health disparities that occur in our communities as a result of structures and systems in place
  • Learning about current experiences to align and advance our collective thinking around what health centers and partners can do in this space
  • Identifying and understanding barriers, gaps, or challenges that health centers and partners have to rectify and address structural racism and discrimination


This CoP is open to participants from community health centers, health systems and networks, Primary Care Associations (PCAs), and Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) . The CoP is also open to community based organizations, social service agencies, local public health departments, and other cross-sector partners that collaborate with community health centers.


The CoP will be structured with various opportunities for participants to engage with each other while reflecting on how they as individuals and organizations advance health equity.

Participants will drive the function and structure of the CoP through interactive forums, coaching, and breakout discussions. Affinity groups may also be mobilized to allow for more focused engagement, such as political determinants of health, community-rooted mobilization and advocacy, and community policymaking processes.


Monthly Sessions will be held from May through December 3:00-4:30pm ET.  Live attendance at all sessions is encouraged. Dates and topics are below.


Opening Session Apr 20, 2022
Session 1 – “In Sickness and In Wealth” – The Impact of Social Policies on Health Disparities and the Resulting Health-Wealth Gradient May 18, 2022
Session 2 – “When the Bough Breaks” – Examining the Mystery of Infant Mortality Gap of Black Babies Compared to white babies Jun 15, 2022
Session 3 – “Becoming American” – Exploring the Shifting Health Status of New Immigrants Jul 27, 2022
Session 4 – “Bad Sugar” – Understanding how Disrupting Traditional Farming Practices Resulted in High Rates of Diabetes in Two Native American Communities Aug 24, 2022
Session 5 – “Place Matters” – How Zip Code impacts a Person’s Health Sep 21, 2022
Session 6 – “Collateral Damage” – Understanding the Legacy of Poverty and Powerlessness amongst Marshallese Community in Arkansas Oct 26, 2022
Session 7 – “Not Just a Paycheck” – The Ripple Effect of a Large Factory in Michigan on the Community’s Health Nov 16, 2022
Closing Session Dec 7, 2022


To get started on joining our active CoP online community, it is as simple as filling our registration form and taking a brief a assessment.