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Integrating Health Equity into Strategic Plans

“The backbone of success is hard work, determination, good planning, and perseverance.”~ Mia Hamm

This 13-page document serves as a roadmap guiding state and local tobacco control programs through the process of crafting strategic plans that prioritize and integrate health equity considerations. It includes 10 steps for planning with health equity in mind, with an emphasis on meaningfully involving community partners throughout the planning and implementation phases. Specific examples are given regarding planning to improve tobacco-related disparities among low socioeconomic (SES) status populations.

For groups that already have a strategic plan in place, this document can also serve as a valuable tool for enhancement. It can guide a comprehensive review of your existing plan, helping planning groups identify potential gaps and offering fresh perspectives on how to further their efforts to advance health equity.

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