• September 2021
  • Vol. 22, No. 8

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Bringing Equity to Implementation

A collection of articles sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review focuses on incorporating the expertise of those in marginalized communities into the creation of policies and practices that are meant to serve them. Bringing Equity to Implementation: Incorporating Community Experience to Improve Outcomes features the following 10 articles, which cover a variety of related topics, including the need for systemic change, incorporating minority and youth voices in multiple spheres, the importance of building trust, and more: 

  • "Equity Is Fundamental to Implementation Science": This article addresses how implementation science has failed to promote strategies that address equity and provides facets of equitable implementation.
  • "Trust the People": This article focuses on practices for funders and grantees pursuing equity in and through their implementation relationships. 
  • "Youth Leadership in Action": This article features Youth Thrive, an initiative of the Center for the Study of Social Policy focused on youth well-being, and how young adults helped develop and implement the initiative to address the challenges they face while in foster care.   
  • "Community Takes the Wheel": This article highlights Evidence2Success, an initiative developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for improving the well-being and development of children and youth and reducing racial disparities, and the lessons learned from its pilot partner, Children and Youth Cabinet of Rhode Island.
  • "Equity in Implementation Science Is Long Overdue": This article discusses the need to advance equity within implementation science and how a systemic approach can further this goal. It includes three calls to action for the implementation field—equity-focused evidence development, intervention selection and outcomes measurement, and implementation strategies. 
  • "Listening to Black Parents": This article features Village of Wisdom, an organization that leverages the lived experiences of Black families to support racially just schools.
  • "Faith-Based Organizations as Leaders of Implementation": This article discusses the important role faith-based organizations have in the implementation of physical and mental health-care initiatives for communities of color. It includes an infographic that shows a working alliance among intervention developers, cultural adaptation researchers, and church leaders.
  • "Community-Defined Evidence as a Framework for Equitable Implementation": This article highlights the Bienvenido Program, which engages Latinx communities to better understand their mental health concerns and develop programs that meet their needs. 
  • "Community-Driven Health Solutions on Chicago's South Side": This article discusses the importance of advancing health equity by focusing on implementing interventions in communities that experience disparities in treatment. 
  • "Equitable Implementation at Work": This article provides 10 recommendations for putting equitable implementation into action. 
To learn more about equity in implementation science, read Bringing Equity to Implementation: Incorporating Community Experience to Improve Outcomes.
 

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