Health Equity Resources and Strategies (H.E.R.S) was established in 2020 as a means to address the disparate rates in health outcomes for Black and Brown communities. As a medical social worker, HERS Founder Deidre McDaniel, witnessed firsthand how inequitable clinical and behavioral practices hinder access to respectful care for Black and Brown women/birthing persons. Furthermore, while advocating for, and working with, community partners across the country, she recognized that it is impossible to achieve equity without community experiences leading conversations on program creation and sustainability.
At HERS, we believe that training and accountability are key to implementing and sustaining equitable programs. Organizations need a strategic approach that specifically addresses racist practices in program design and workforce development, and inclusive of the communities most adversely impacted by adverse health outcomes. With expertise in integrating equity approaches to workforce development, program management, and research, we provide wraparound support, and processes that track and move sustainability policies forward, while aligning program deliverables with changing community needs.