Monica Baskin and Kadie Peters

Monica Baskin and Kadie Peters
Location: Birmingham, Alabama Cohort Start Year: 2016

The Birmingham area is known for its industrial past, harsh Jim Crow Laws and strict enforcement of segregation. Many of the structures and institutions built during this era impede progress today. We are working in Jefferson County, Alabama to promote health equity by engaging diverse stakeholders in equity, diversity, and inclusion training and solution development. This work centers on using population data to target evidence-based solutions to promote the best possible health and highest quality of life for all. As a team, we will offer new solutions and ideas for creating a more collaborative community based on fairness and equity.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: Central Alabama Toolkit for Health Equity Assessment & Implementation
Joint Initiative (Baskin, Peters)

During year three of the CoHL program, we intend to package and disseminate tools and technical assistance derived from our successful long-term, multisector coalition of over 80 agencies. Using an expansion model, we will first assemble a toolkit containing instructions for conducting an equity analysis, methods for identifying diverse partners with experience serving local communities, guidance for setting priorities using an equity lens, a model of shared decision-making; guiding principles for advancing health equity (including community engagement), educational resources, metrics for success,; and communication templates. Then we will identify two sites (one within the five-county region of the United Way of Central Alabama and one in the larger Southeast region) in which to disseminate the toolkit; conduct trainings on health equity and equity, diversity and inclusion; and provide technical assistance as the sites adopt and implement the partnership model. We believe the tools and technical assistance will support local communities in long-term action to support a Culture of Health.

Kadie Peters [Pictured Front Left]
Vice President of Community Impact for Health, United Way of Central Alabama
I am currently the Vice President of Community Impact for Health at United Way of Central Alabama where I lead the collaborative health improvement partnerships and regional collective impact movement focused on improving health. My role in the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership allows me the most direct contact with 5 operating priority groups and the hundreds of volunteers collaborating on projects. I also have the opportunity to build relationships with local, regional and state leaders regularly convened by United Way that includes CEO’s, Executives, elected officials, and Presidents of major industries.

Click here to watch Kadie’s Legacy Project video.

Monica Baskin, PhD [Pictured Front Right]
Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Medicine: Preventive Medicine
I am a professor, psychologist, community-based researcher, and a champion for health equity.

Click here to watch Monica’s Legacy Project video.