Module 2: Evidence-Based and Promising Strategies to Advance Health Equity in Rural Communities
This module identifies strategies rural communities can implement to incorporate equitable practices into their
work and use a health equity lens when addressing any health issue. No single approach is right for every
community. Rural communities have different histories and infrastructures that affect the root causes of health
inequities that drive health disparities. Many communities are at different starting places with incorporating
equitable practices into their work. Many will need to implement multiple strategies and adapt approaches to fit
their unique culture and needs.
Models in the Social Determinants of Health Toolkit
For specific models that rural communities can implement to address the social conditions that influence health
outcomes, see the Social Determinants of Health Toolkit.
Rural communities can apply strategies from the Rural Health Equity Toolkit to the models in the Social
Determinants of Health Toolkit to address the social determinants with a health equity lens. To learn how to
identify and adapt interventions, see Developing
a Rural Community Health Program in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.
Strategies in the Rural Health Equity Toolkit
This toolkit identifies numerous strategies to advance health equity. These strategies
are drawn from a range of frameworks that describe strategies to advance health equity:
How to Use this Toolkit
The Rural Health Equity Toolkit seeks to support rural communities in implementing any community health program
with a health equity lens. Rural communities can use the strategies described in the toolkit to incorporate more
equitable practices into multiple aspects of their work. The Rural Health Equity Toolkit provides rural
communities with considerations for promoting equity within organizations and examining how they design,
implement, and evaluate their work. For example, rural communities may consider using a health equity lens to
implement the models in other RHIhub evidence-based toolkits for rural community health: