From 2022-2023, the California Department of Public Health’s California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) sought guidance in developing a resource to guide equity and justice in the state’s efforts to end the commercial tobacco epidemic. The resource would build upon and update CTCP’s former (2013) Health Equity Plan in the context of current health equity needs and commercial tobacco prevention efforts.
To understand the perspectives of CTCP’s partners on topics like equity and justice, Facente Consulting planned a Health Equity Summit in conjunction with a statewide workgroup. Facente Consulting facilitated the Summit and conducted follow-up listening sessions with CTCP partners to understand the opportunities and challenges they experienced in addressing equity and justice in their work. Based on input from these processes, Facente Consulting drafted an outline of the Equity and Justice Framework, shared it with partners for comments and feedback, and used that information to draft the full Framework.