The Health Equity Zones Initiative uses a participatory action approach to evaluation, in which those closest to the initiative lead the design, implementation, and creation of solutions that result from the findings. Those closest to the initiative include, community advisory groups involved in its development, community collaboratives leading local projects, community members engaged as recipients of local projects, and DOH program staff supporting community efforts.

Our approach is grounded in centering community knowledge and self-determination, catalyzing action and systemic change, and embedding the practice of reflection and learning into all aspects of the work.

In the development phase of the HEZ Initiative, a team of Community Advisory Council members, Community Workgroup members, and DOH program staff came together to evaluate the process of zone selection. Learn more about the Evaluation Team plan.

Two members of the HEZ Evaluation Team sit at a table with office materials while in discussion.
In photo: Evaluation Team members Phinthang Yeang and Katie Stephens.