The Health Equity Learning and Action Network will draw on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Framework for Achieving Health Equity and the Community of Solutions Framework.

Framework for Achieving Health Equity

A five-component framework developed over the course of extensive work with organizations and communities across the country will serve as the KC HE LAN’s theory for how health care organizations can improve health equity in Kansas City. The framework details five key steps for health care organizations to improve health equity in the communities they serve:

1. Make health equity a strategic priority

2. Develop structures and processes to support health equity work

3. Deploy specific strategies to address the multiple determinants of health on which health care organizations can have a direct impact

4. Decrease institutional racism within the organization

5. Develop partnerships with community organizations to improve health and equity

Community of Solutions Framework

The Community of Solutions Framework is designed to accelerate community transformation, and offers a wide array of skills, tools, and behaviors divided into five domains: Leading from Within, Leading Together, Leading for Outcomes, Leading for Equity, and Leading for Sustainability. The framework supports organizations and communities at all stages of readiness and reframes challenges by shifting mindsets, putting the emphasis on identifying and leveraging the resources that exist in communities, rather than focusing on deficits. Taken together, the Community of Solutions framework helps people and organizations find new ways of working that encourage peer-to-peer learning, engender trust through relationship building, and foster creativity in problem solving, partly by recognizing the untapped talents of those who have been marginalized.

4. Decrease institutional racism within the organization

5. Develop partnerships with community organizations to improve health and equity