New Guide Promotes ‘Equitable Aging’ in Public Health

The Equitable Healthy Aging in Public Health Toolkit Report aims to increase the capacity of public health departments to enhance equitable health and wellbeing of older adults and promote healthy aging across the life course in community health improvement practice.

The report mentions the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative’s Equity in Aging initiative as well as the Healthy Aging Data Reports compiled by UMass-Boston and supported by Point32 Health Foundation (formerly Tufts Health Plan Foundation).

This report provides equitable healthy aging considerations in alignment with Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) 2.0 – the nationally-accredited planning and implementation model that guides community health improvement practice across the United States. With an emphasis on health equity, community engagement and root causes of health inequities, local public health practice is uniquely positioned to advance equitable healthy aging across the diversity of our nation’s communities – small and large, urban, suburban and rural – where we are born, live, work, play and age.

The toolkit report was sponsored by AARP and developed by the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health and School of Aging Studies in consultation with the Trust for America’s Health and the National Association of City and County Health Officials. The toolkit report content was piloted with the Florida Department of Health Community Health Improvement professionals.