Capacity Building for Health Equity

About the Program

Our capacity building assistance (CBA) for Health Equity aims to enable better opportunities for organizations and public health professionals to respond to racial, health, and structural disparities at the local level. This program will provide free CBA to Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA & NH/PI) serving communities to support equity-based programs via virtual or in-person workshops, webinars, and skills-based training resources. These strategies are designed to create opportunities for programs to improve access to care, eliminate disparities, and reduce the disproportionate burden of disease in our community.

Scale / equity


Utilizing data on health disparities to design equity-focused interventions, services, and evaluation tools that raise visibility and promote health justice.

recycle / sustainabiltiy


Fortifying the capability of existing relationships, structures, and resource-building processes needed to produce independence and sustained capacity.

hand with people / cultural competency

Cultural Competency

Cultural dimensions of the local community and broader systems that influence the capability to support community members and engage with local partners.

people / social determinants

Social Determinants

Recognizing the significance of the influence between public health, its communities, and the systems within which both are situated and its impact on health outcomes.

Our Racial Equity Framework for Public Health

The Racial Equity Framework for Public Health Interventions (REF-PHI) was developed as a theory of change model to support our community partners in their fight to achieve racial and health equity justice for AA & NH/PIs. Although the framework does not represent the entirety of the AA & NH/PI experience, it can pose an excellent starting point for organizations who want to achieve equitable outcomes in their priority populations.

Check out our Racial Equity Framework Toolkit to learn more about our framework and its application!

Health Equity Framework
Disparity Pyramid The outer dimensions of the framework appear as three circles linked together to form a triangle, also referred to as the “Disparity Pyramid.” These barriers that make up the disparity pyramid introduces the first set of priority constructs, including: 1) Health Disparities, 2) Social Determinants of Health, and 3) Structural Inequities.
Equity Belt Each of the circles are stationed at a specific entry point within the internal structure of the circle, otherwise referred to as the “Health Equity Belt.” The belt introduces the secondary set of public health concepts, including: 4) Community Programs, 5) Capacity Building Opportunities, and 6) AA and NHPI Racial Equity Themes.
Disparity Canal

These entry points where the pyramid points intersect with the circular belt introduce the third structure of the framework, known as the “Disparity Gaps” This structure alludes to the final public health construct, commonly referred to as “Public Health Gaps.”

Represents the public health silos or local healthcare gaps at which disparity can affect a communities health.

Community Health Core

The final structure of the framework is referred to as the “Community Health Core” which also highlights the eighth construct of the model, referred to as “Health Outcomes“.

Represents the health of a community and/or health outcomes of a population. May also represent a communities sense of “Equity” or “well-being”

Program Mission

Our philosophy is focused on empowering community leaders with the resources they need to successfully manage the people, programs, and organizations that serve AA & NH/PI communities. The goal is to employ our communities’ insights, lived experiences, and cultural identities to develop more fruitful, representative, and community-centered interventions for AA & NH/PIs.

Program Contacts

Jamila Shipp, MPH – Managing Director
Maria Fernanda Gutierrez, MPH – Program Manager
Emily Gordis, B.S – Capacity Building Specialist

Target Audience

We welcome any federal, state or local leadership bodies who primarily or indirectly serve the AA & NH/PI communities, including but not limited to:

  • community-based organizations (CBOs)
  • local/state health departments
  • academic institutions
  • social service programs
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • community-led clinics
  • federally qualified health centers (FQHCs)

Capacity Building Assistance Site Visits

January–June 2023

The CBA for Health Equity Program will be accepting applications from AA & NH/PI serving Community Based Organizations (CBOs) interested in receiving FREE in-person CBA from our team. Participants will receive one-on-one skills-based training via scheduled site visits. These in-person consultations are designed to help improve your organization’s fitness and capacity to execute program goals and objectives. We will review applicants on a rolling basis. For more information, please download our CBA brochure!

Interested in applying?
Email: mgutierrez at
(please be sure to remove the spaces and add @ when inquiring)

Disclaimer: This project was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE).

Acknowledgement of Federal Funding: This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the OT18-1802 Cooperative Agreement award totaling $220,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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Health Equity

Equity, Sustainability, Cultural Competency, and Social Determinants

Health Equity aims to enable better opportunities for organizations and public health professionals to respond to racial, health, and structural disparities at the local level.

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Outside Resources

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