In late 2014, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) published a book called Expanding the Boundaries, Health Equity and Public Health Practice. Aimed at creating discussion and facilitating change, the book explores the ways in which public health practitioners might act on the underlying social inequalities that are the root of health inequities. Revolutionary and hopeful, it provides both overarching theory and practical ideas for moving public health work upstream, to successfully address causes and not consequences.

The book was a collaborative effort between a number of public health practitioners. The primary author was Bob Prentice, co-founder and former director (retired) of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII). He will be joined by Jeanne Ayers, Assistant Commissioner of Health at the Minnesota Department of Health; Renée Canady, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute; and, Kathi Schaff, Health Equity Coordinator of the Alameda County Public Health Department.

Dialogue4Health is thrilled to have Bob join us for a Web Forum with some of his collaborators, where we will learn:

  • Why public health should focus on the underlying social inequalities that create health inequities;
  • The importance of creating an organizational culture that supports confronting those underlying causes;
  • Approaches to working with communities to integrate social equity issues into public health; and
  • Strategies for engaging agencies and organizations outside of the traditional public health sector in this work.

Please join us as co-authors of the book and collaborators in this growing field will share insights, methods, and lessons in making public health work more expansive in vision and more valuable in practice.


Jeanne Ayers, MPH

Assistant Commissioner

Minnesota Department of Public Health

St Cloud, MN

Jeanne F. Ayers was appointed in January 2011 to serve as assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health, where she is responsible for overseeing the department’s Health Improvement Bureau. This bureau includes the Community and Family Health Division, the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division, the Center for Health…

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Renée Canady, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Michigan Public Health Institute

Okemos, MI

Renée Canady PhD, MPA, serves as Chief Executive Officer of MPHI; a unique public trust dedicated to advancing population health through public health innovation and collaboration. Canady is nationally recognized for her work on health inequities, cultural competence, and social justice. She earned a PhD in Medical Sociology from Michigan…

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Katherine Schaff, DrPH, MPH

Health Equity Coordinator, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Public Health Institute

Berkeley, CA

Katherine Schaff, DrPH, Health Equity Coordinator, joined Berkeley Media Studies Group to help build the organizational and communications capacity of local health departments, government agencies, and community-based organizations working towards racial and health equity. Prior to joining the BMSG team, she spent 11 years at the Alameda County Public Health…

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Bob Prentice, PhD

Co-Founder and Former Director (retired), Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII)

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

  • Former Senior Associate (retired), Public Health Policy and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA
  • Former Director, Public Health Division, San Francisco Health Department, San Francisco, CA

Bob Prentice, Ph.D., was Director (Retired) of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), a collaboration of eleven local health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and a Senior Associate for Public Health Policy and Practice (Retired) at the Public Health Institute. Bob was previously Director of the…

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