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Creating an Equity Assessment Tool to Analyze Funding Resources for Black Women’s Health

Hunter, India (2020) Creating an Equity Assessment Tool to Analyze Funding Resources for Black Women’s Health. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Background. The Black Woman’s Health Agenda research team is beginning its work with an environmental scan, with the purpose of identifying and/or creating appropriate tools and frameworks, and an assessment of what resources already exist within Allegheny County for Black Women’s Health and Equity, which is of great public health importance due to disparities. This Essay discusses the creation of an assessment tool for Foundational funding that can be adapted for the overall project.
Methods. Ten well-established frameworks and tools were analyzed and found useful in guiding the project with the overall project and for multiple elements of the assessment tool, including the adaption of the indicators and the Likert scale ranking system.
Results. This project developed a 10-item assessment tool that will be utilized as a means to assess how equitable foundations are in terms of Black Women’s health. The tool’s indicators were formed primarily from the Black Foundation Executives Request for Action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism and the rankings were created using adaptions from HRIME and National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Other Frameworks were used to inform verbiage and to guide the creation to ensure it aligned with the goals of the overall project. As an example, The Pittsburgh Foundation was assessed using the tool and found to be below average in 7 of the 10 indicators.
Discussion. Creating an assessment tool for foundational funding that is appropriate and adequate is a necessity in determining equity in the existing funding streams in Allegheny County for Black Women’s Health. Strengths in using the assessment tool allow for foundations to be analyzed on a larger scale and can be integral in improving the funding for Black Women’s health. It is recommended that further revision is completed to limit the bias that could potentially skew the results of the environmental scan. By creating more objective and quantifiable elements, the team will be able to use the tool in a standardize way with flexibility. It will also be beneficial to develop more clear instructions on how other flow groups can adapt the assessment tool to assist in their portion of the environmental scan.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hunter, Indiairh8@pitt.eduirh8
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGary-Webb, Tiffanytgary@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMendez, Daraddm11@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSalter, Cynthiacys6@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 28 August 2020
Date Type: Submission
Submission Date: 31 August 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 48
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: n/a
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2020 18:01
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2020 18:01


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