158144 Developing a research framework for health disparities centers: A case study

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 5:00 PM

Nadia Islam, PhD , Center for the Study of Asian American Health, NYU Institute of Community Health and Research, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH , Institute of Community Health and Research, NYU Center for Study of Asian American Health, New York, NY
Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, MPH , Kalusugan Coalition, Inc., Astoria, NY
Henrietta Ho-Asjoe, MPS , Institute of Community Health & Research, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Mariano Rey, MD , Center for the Study of Asian American Health, NYU Institute of Community Health and Research, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Drawing upon the principles of community based participatory research (CBPR), three key principles have guided the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) in its relationship-building and research efforts: 1) Creating and Sustaining Multiple and Diverse Partnerships to Promote Systemic Change; 2) Promoting Equity in Partnerships; and 3) Commitment to Action as well as Research.

This presentation will demonstrate how CSSAH has crafted a unique scientific framework and focus that has emerged from the implementation of CBPR's guiding principles. The scientific framework of CSAAH is based on three tenets: 1) understanding the social, cultural, biological, and environmental context of community and the interactions among these factors in influencing health outcomes; 2) ensuring access to culturally-competent health care services; and 3) eliminating disparities in health status and access to services. Using the tenets of our scientific framework, the scientific focus of CSAAH consists of five central research tracks: understanding differences in rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the risk for CVD for Asian sub-groups; exploring the relationship between viral and bacteria infections and cancer; elucidating the role of social and cultural factors in health disparities; addressing mental health disparities; and fostering innovative research through pilot projects.

The presentation will discuss how CSAAH has developed and implemented research projects in each of these focus areas, as well as how research projects are guided by our scientific framework. This case study will provide important information for researchers developing health disparities research in minority communities.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Articulate a promising scientific framework for advancing health disparities research 2) Understand the challenges and benefits of using a consistent framework across diverse research projects 3) Use the information presented to guide health disparities research in other immigrant and minority communities

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