From its start in 2006, CHE has been leading the way to advance health equity. Years before the CDC issued guidance that local health departments should move towards population health, CHE was researching and making recommendations about the root causes of population health. Every three years, CHE releases a Health Equity Report which examines the root causes, or social determinants, of health inequities in our community. The influential 2017 Health Equity Report has been referenced in reports and publications by organizations like the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.
Last year, LMPHW became one of 61 out of over 3,000 local health departments to become an Academic Health Department. LMPHW has a formal relationship with the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences which improves LMPHW’s ability to train public health students, collect scientific data, publish in peer reviewed journals, present at regional and national conferences and apply for a broader range of grants.
CHE is responsible for Health in All Policies which means advocating for all Louisville Metro Government policies to be evaluated for health impacts. CHE also conducts Health Impact Assessments and Racial Equity Impact Assessments to inform elected officials and the public about potential intended and unintended consequences of proposed legislation at the city and state level. Staff at CHE have also completed a legal epidemiology project which they presented at a conference and were asked to present as a webinar.
After gathering feedback from the community in late 2016, CHE developed a pilot Participatory Budgeting program called Our Money Our Voice, where residents of two Metro Council Districts voted on how to spend a part of the districts’ discretionary budget plus grants from the Humana Foundation and LMPHW. CHE has been asked to present this successful pilot project at a public health conference so that it can be replicated in other communities.