This publication examines how the BUILD Health Challenge has pursued the bold goal of improving health for all through cross-sector, upstream, and community-driven approaches. While there is no one roadmap to embedding and advancing equity in communities, BUILD’s journey can serve as a tool for other partnerships and initiative leaders rethinking and repositioning their work.
BUILD cycled through three stages in its equity journey that each emphasized different areas of focus:
- Discerning equity (listen, evaluate, test, refine)
- Formalizing equity (shared language, shared frameworks, build capacity, transfer power)
- Centering equity (clarity, lived experience expertise, community ownership, equity goals)