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Glossary of Terms

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The following terminology is used frequently throughout this website to describe NPA goals, strategies, and areas of focus. For more information on NPA goals, strategies and objectives, please see the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity.

Community Health Workers (CHWs)

Frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community served
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Cross-Sector Partnerships

Formal and informal partnerships in which parties from the government, non-profit, and/or for-profit sectors are collaborating toward a common goal and aiming to maximize the impact of available resources

Emerging Leaders

The future leaders of America, including students and individuals who have recently joined the professional workforce

Health Equity

Attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities.

Health Disparity

A particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social and/or economic obstacles to health and/or a clean environment based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards)

The enhanced National CLAS Standards are a comprehensive series of guidelines that inform, guide, and facilitate practices related to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services.

Peer Mentorship

A form of mentorship that takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience (the peer mentor) and a person who is new to that experience (the peer mentee)
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Social Determinants of Health

Conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks

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