The State Self-Assessment is intended to help state health departments in the following ways:
+ Establish a baseline measure of capacity, skills, and areas for improvement to support health equity focused activities.
+ Inventory a set of research-based organizational and individual traits that support effective health equity focused work.
+ Provide information to guide strategic planning.
+ Serve as an ongoing set of tools to measure progress toward goals developed through the assessment process.
The Self-Assessment includes a compendium of six instruments and guidelines to support state health departments in addressing health inequities. The instruments are:
1. Staff Survey – An online tool designed for health department staff at all levels within the organization. The survey addresses most of the elements in the Matrix (see below).
2. Collaborating Partner Survey – An online tool to give other agencies, organizations, and groups working with the health department an opportunity to share feedback and insights regarding health equity work.
3. Staff Focus Groups – Facilitated group questions for in-depth discussions of the Matrix elements. The questions are meant to gather further information on specific issues from the staff survey.
4. Management Staff Interviews – Individual interviews with senior management allowing the department to get an in-depth sense of organizational strengths and areas for improvement related to addressing health inequities.
5. Internal Document Review Worksheet – A worksheet that can be used to summarize important data gathered during the Internal Document Review and Discussion phase of the self-assessment.
6. Management Focus Groups – Designed as an alternative to managers participating in both a focus group and a management interview. It combines questions from each instrument.