Just Health

Health Equity


Just Health is supported by a multi-year grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation (HGF) to provide health equity expertise and technical assistance for 11 rural counties participating in The Two Georgias Initiative (TGI). The team's work is deeply grounded in encouraging residents and community partners to be courageous, innovative, creative, passionate, and accountable.

This long-term investment in rural communities gives residents an opportunity to plan, develop, and implement strategies to improve access to healthcare and resources; where too often there are either limited resources, or none at all.  

Just Health conducts PSE’s signature training on Why Health Equity Matters?® and Why Health Equity Matters® 102, which are modules designed to advance health equity and strengthen rural engagement in Appling, Chattooga, Clay, Cook, Decatur, Early, Elbert, Hancock, Haralson, Lumpkin, and Miller counties.

In the last four years, the team has had the opportunity to meet and build relationships with the local partnerships and coalitions working to improve access to healthcare and resources. The team also provides health equity expertise to inform the Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP) – plans developed by each of the rural partnerships and communities – implementation process; community outreach and engagement strategies; and technical support for the eleven rural partnerships and communities.  


Climate Change, Health and Equity (CCHE) is a cross-disciplinary coalition between the Just Health and Just Energy teams of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE). CCHE promotes racial equity with an overarching goal to develop and advance systemic processes that create opportunities for energy equity, health equity and economic inclusion. Together, we are maximizing their capacities through community organizing, leadership development, and coalition building.

The Just Health Circle (JHC) represents an organized group of key regional health equity leaders from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. PSE’s Just Health issue area defines health equity as achieving the highest level of health for all people. It requires valuing everyone equally, with ongoing efforts to address avoidable inequities, historical and other injustices, and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities. PSE believes we can advance health equity through collaboration and partnership, both with policy and decision-makers and people who live in communities most affected by health inequities.

The Just Health Academy (JHA) is a leadership academy designed to teach participants how to identify equity and healthcare disparities, address avoidable inequities, and encourage them to engage in policy change. The first JHA cohort started in Fall 2022 and will be completed in Spring 2023.