On Wednesday, June 26th, 2013, the Monterey County Health Department launched a community dialogue entitled - Moving Toward Health Equity: Understanding the Social Determinants of Health. This dialogue brought together the Seaside CA4Health Leadership Team and a host of other community leaders to take an in-depth look at health inequities in their community. The dialogue began by identifying root cause issues that directly correlate with health inequities. From there, the group learned to conduct mapping exercises to trace surface problems to root cause issues that could be reshaped by policy change.
The reviews from the dialogue were exceptionally positive with participants stating, “I now have several new sources of data to check out along with some compelling resources”, and another, “I understand this was a dialogue and now I want more!” Many spoke about how they felt the dialogue equipped them with tools they could take into their community immediately to affect change.