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Health Equity Scholars Academy

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Published on February 16, 2018. Last modified on April 01, 2019

The Monterey County Health Department’s (MCHD) Health Equity Scholars Academy seeks participants who have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity for low-income and communities of color, have strong personal motivation, seek learning and growth opportunities, and are dedicated to personal professional and leadership development.      

Mission:  The Academy strives to empower all Monterey County Health Department employees to affect change in Monterey County. Each module fosters the values that our services are effective, efficient, safe, equitable, and timely.  We see our mission as training public health workforce leaders to transform the culture of our department to be more intentional in our work around health equity.  The Academy’s mission incorporates the strategic plans’ systems integration to carry these initiatives forward for Monterey County with a focus on prevention that advocates Health in All Policies (HiAP), a “whole government” approach to health. HiAP acknowledges that health and well-being are influenced by government sectors other than the health sector alone.

Vision:  The Health Equity Scholars Academy explores being active within the context of a systems-oriented approach to enhancing people’s status to address health inequalities and injustices in our local communities. The Academy is based on the principle that differences in status generate differences in health outcomes, unlike the conventional view of health disparities that points the finger at access and personal behavior. The Academy will provide Scholars with practical skills and tools to educate their peers and address health disparities in the communities we serve.  The modules are interactive and attempt to bring forth the life experiences of our staff participants for a more enriching learning experience.

Module Overview

Module I:  Public Health History, Public Health Systems, Core Functions and 10 Essential Services

Module II:  Cultural Competency and Inclusion

Module III:  Racing to Health

Module IV:  Social and Health Equity

Module V:  Community Capacity Building


Click here to apply for the SPRING-SUMMER 2019 Health Equity Scholars Academy Training Series.

Click here to apply for the FALL-WINTER 2019 Health Equity Scholars Academy Training Series.

Can't make it to spring training?  Plan now to attend the next series, July 26th, August 9th, September 20th, October 11th and November 8th - Classes are held from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.


Health Equity Scholars Academy:  Course Overview


ten Essential Public Health ServicesModule I: Public Health History, Public Health System, Core Functions and 10 Essential Services

Learning Objectives:

  • Define public health and know major events in public health history
  • Describe 3 main organizational levels of the public health system
  • List the Bureaus of MCHD and their functions
  • Describe 3 core functions and 10 essential services of public health
  • Understand the connection between the 3 core functions and 10 essential services


Module II: Cultural Competency & Inclusion 

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness and appreciation of the diversity of Monterey County’s population
  • diversity-definition-closeup-showing-different-or-diverse_z1xN9MwuIncrease awareness and appreciation of MCHD staff’s cultural diversity
  • Enhance our capacities and skills to work across different cultures and diverse groups
  • Increase understanding of cultural competence and cultural humility in public health practice

Module III: Racing to Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the underlying social, economic, and political conditions that disproportionately privilege some groups while disadvantaging others
  • Identify how structural racialization impacts Monterey County residents, especially in relation to health outcomes
  • Create a safe environment where MCHD staff can discuss concerns about and ideas for addressing structural racialization and its impact on staff, MCHD, and the broader community
  • Identify possible next steps to address structural racialization at the department level


Module IV: Social & Health Equity equity

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of how historical and current policies link to social inequities, which link to health inequities
  • Learn how MCHD is taking action and finding solutions


Module V: Community Capacity Building

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of MCHD Community Capacity Building (CCB) projects, and how they help to reduce health inequities
  • Increase awareness of how CCB is done
  • Explore the benefits and challenges of CCB

The Monterey County Health Department exists to enhance, protect and improve the health of the people in Monterey County

We applaud your effort to seek avenues that empower yourself, your workplace, and your communities.


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