Diversity, Inclusion and Discrimination Ad Hoc Committee
The Healthy Franklin County Leadership committee formed an ad hoc diversity, inclusion and discrimination committee in the fall of 2017 as a result of heightened racial tensions occurring nationally which also emerged locally. The ad hoc committee conducted an environmental scan to see how these issues were being addressed in the community and to gain a better understanding of what the committees’ role could be in addressing them. The research done by the committee uncovered the connection between the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and health equity. As a result, the Healthy Franklin County Leadership committee determined that it and its partners should take steps to address the SDOH more intentionally with their work. Healthy Franklin County coordinated a Public Health 101 Training which focused on the SDOH in June 2018. To gain more understanding about the SDOH in Franklin County, a SDOH module was included in the primary telephone survey conducted by Franklin and Marshall Center for Opinion Research as part of the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). During the same time, several grass roots groups have emerged in the community to champion the need for more diversity and inclusion training, increase the awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ and the importance of racial reconciliation. The Healthy Franklin County Leadership committee evaluated the results from the CHNA including that 9% of Franklin County residents has experienced discrimination in the past year) and determined to include the social determinants of health in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), including a goal and objective to address systemic racism and biases:
CHIP Diversity and Inclusion Goal 1.4: Increase understanding and awareness of structural and systemic racism, bias, and discrimination factors that influence individual and community perceptions and beliefs.
Objective 1.4.1: Increase access to best practices and policies that promote equitable and fair treatment of all people
The Healthy Franklin County Leadership Advisory Committee recommended at its October 24, 2019 meeting to reboot the Diversity, Inclusion and Discrimination Ad Hoc Committee to continue its environmental scan and to determine next steps. The committee will make recommendations aligned with the CHIP to be implemented July 1, 2020.