Integrating Health Equity into Disaster Recovery Plans: A Guide for Local Emergency Planning

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Disasters, whether natural or man-made, present unique challenges that can have long-lasting impacts on communities and individuals, especially communities experiencing health inequities. Consequently, it is important to integrate health equity principles and considerations into disaster recovery plans. This tool is designed to guide Local Emergency Planning Committees across Kansas as they embed health equity principles and considerations into their local disaster recovery plans and can serve as a resource for committees and planners across the country.

This report has been developed for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by the team at the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), which serves as one of nine regional technical assistance centers offering dedicated support to Public Health Infrastructure Grant (PHIG) recipients. Working under the leadership of the National Network of Public Health Institutes, KHI serves HHS Region 7, which includes Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

This work is supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Center for STLT Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce, through OE22-2203: Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems grant. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.

About Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

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