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Improving the health of minorities: Empowering community-based minority groups to partner with local health departments

Carlessia A. Hussein, RN, Dr PH, Cigarette Restitution Fund Program, Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 W. Preston Street, Room 500, Baltimore, MD 21201 and Arlee W. Gist, BA, Cigarette Restution Fund Program, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 W. Preston Street, Room 500, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-7117, agist@dhmh.state.md.us.

: Maryland utilized tobacco settlement dollars to fund a Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) program. The goal of the program was to apply a comprehensive model for outreach and technical assistance to African Americans and other minorities in the development and implementation of local health plans to control cancer and reduce smoking. The objectives of MOTA are to conduct systematic outreach techniques to engage minority groupsí involvement, strengthen and develop relationships in the minority communities, provide technical assistance to foster success, and to enhance the infrastructure of minority groups. Sustainability is a critical outcome measure that can be attained through a network of well-informed minority groups. A cohesive network consisting of community-based minority organizations will lead to the reduction of minority health disparities. The MOTA program has funded 181 groups including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and women in all sectors of Maryland. Active partnerships have been established with local health departments, thousands of minorities have received training; all local health departments have minorities actively participate on their advisory coalitions for cancer and tobacco.

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Keywords: Community-Based Health Promotion, Minority Health

Related Web page: www.mdpublichealth.org/crfp

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
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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Real Work in Real Communities

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA