The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4029.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - Table 7

Abstract #67529

Evaluation of capacity building and community actions for the Nashville REACH 2010 program using web technology

David G. Schlundt, PhD1, Celia Larson, PhD2, Nasar U. Ahmed, PhD3, Heather Keith, BS2, Linda McClellan, MPH4, and Michelle Marrs, EdM5. (1) Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, 301 Wilson Hall, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 322-7800,, (2) Division of Research and Evaluation, Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Health Department, 311 23rd Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203, (3) Clinical Research Center, School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Campus Box A4, 1005 D.B. Todd Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208, (4) Project REACH 2010, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Care Center, 1501 Herman Street, Nashville, TN 37208, (5) Executive Director, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Care Center, 1501 Herman Street, Nashville, TN 37208

REACH 2010 is a CDC initiative to reduce health disparities in Ethnic Minorities. Nashville REACH is focused on reducing disparities in heart disease and diabetes among the African American population of North Nashville by improving access to quality care, screening for undiagnosed disease, attacking tobacco use, and promoting healthy lifestyles. The methodology involves teams that work directly with the community as well as empowering existing community resources to take action. A web-based system was developed to evaluate process and intermediate outcomes. We will present data from the first 2.5 years showing planning activities, community actions, and capacity building. Between Jan 2001, when the web system was implemented, and December 2002, 2973 events were documented. Including data entered manually from Sept 2000 to Dec 2001, there were 1064 internal meetings and 347 community actions. Capacity building is documented by recording community resources (n=127), which include government agencies (n=23), not-for-profits (n=29), for profit businesses (n=57), and grass organizations (n=8) and by registering individual volunteers and participants (n=1061). Interactive reporting capabilities allow for instant feedback to the intervention teams, program director, and steering committee. The web system has been successfully used to document a wide range of resources and activities associated with the Nashville REACH 2010 project and may be useful in the management and evaluation of other community-based interventions.

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Keywords: Evaluation, Computer-Assisted

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA