Health Promotion and Health Equity

Training Overview

Local boards of health (LBOH) are responsible for protecting the public’s health by providing the 10 Essential Public Health Services outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of these essential services is to communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. Health equity is a framework for addressing the social and environmental factors that contribute to negative health outcomes in specific segments of the population. This training will detail what is meant by health and health equity. It will also outline health promotion strategies that LBOH can use when planning and implementing interventions that support the health and well-being of all individuals and families in their community.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Healthy People initiative and leading health indicators
  • Define and differentiate between the terms health, public health, health equity, health disparity, health inequity, and social determinants of health
  • Detail three health promotion strategies
  • Identify three planning steps and seven action plan elements for a successful health promotion intervention
  • Name four ways you can support health equity in your community

Subject Matter Experts

  • Rodrigo Monterrey
    Deputy Director Office of Health Equity
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)

  • Erica Piedade
    Local Public Health Initiatives
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Grant Number 6 NB01OT009172-01-02, 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 Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center (PHTC) Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.