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Social transformation models: Public health practice strategies for community-centered coalition building

Brian K. Gibbs, PhD, MPA, Division of Public Health Practice, Program to Eliminate Health Disparities, Harvard University, School of Public Health, 1552 Tremont Street, Boston, MS 02120, (617) 495-5849, bkgibbs@hsph.harvard.edu and Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, School of Public Health, Division of Public Health Practice, Harvard University, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Contributors to racial disparities in the prevalence, severity, and outcomes of disease (i.e. cardiovascular disease) may include genetic, cultural, and socioeconomic factors. To address health disparities, an examination of the disenfranchisement of minority and poor populations is essential. Although some progress has been made, attempts at closing the gaps in quality of care have been lacking. During this presentation, participants will be introduced to an NIH-NCMHD Project EXPORT initiative, Cherishing Our Hearts and Souls, in Roxbury, MA. The workshop will explore research, training, and community intervention strategies addressing hypertension and racism through experience-based social transformation and public health practice models. These models draw on experiences in other disciplines across racial, ethnic, educational, and economic barriers. Racial disparities have a complex etiology. Translating effects of systematic social transformation models such as economic development, labor movements, and civil, voting and women’s rights movements will assist public health practitioners in their efforts to eliminate health disparities. A paradigm shift away from traditional models of public health practice is recommended, moving toward models that address multiple and interrelated socio-cultural factors that contribute to health disparities in poor and minority populations.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session participants will be able to

Keywords: Coalition,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Harvard School of Public Health, Florida A & M University, National Institutes of Health, Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities

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Community-Based Research of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health: Guiding Policy and Practice

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