- Mandy Owens, PhD
- Betty Bekemeier
CoLab partnered with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to develop a health equity policy recommendation using a codesign process that combines research evidence and community and stakeholder voice. The first phase consists of an overarching review to identify existing public health policies that have a strong positive impact on health equity while also synthesizing community-identified priorities to identify 10 pro-equity policy areas to provide direction for addressing COVID-19 recovery efforts in Pierce County. The second phase includes gathering a core design team of policymakers, key stakeholders, and community leaders to come together and design a policy recommendation that is feasible, sustainable, and fits the unique needs of the Pierce County community. There are two goals of this project: 1) piloting a participatory policymaking codesign process that centers community voice and 2) co-create a policy recommendation with key stakeholders, community leaders, and policymakers that supports health and equity in Pierce County. The codesign team is currently in the implementation phase of codesign: proposing and refining a policy on the scale up of community land trusts across the county to ultimately improve economic equity, housing affordability, and physical and behavioral healthcare access.
September 1, 2020
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department