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A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease

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The Healthy Equity Guide is meant to assist practitioners with promoting health and preventing chronic disease in local communities. This information has been gathered from local, state and tribal organizations as lessons on what to look for when addressing health inequities. A major topic discussed is using green infrastructure and adopting bike/walking paths to address disproportionate rates of obesity and create access to healthy food resources. It also discusses creating safe and accessible streets for all users. In Section two, the document focuses on adopting tobacco-free policies under state and local laws. Section three discusses policies to allow greater community access to food in schools, improve land use planning policies and improve the local economy through farmers’ markets. Other points of discussion include, active living strategies, violence prevention and health equity. It also outlines health disparities by population group in Appendix A.