159020 Reducing health disparities among African Americans and Hispanic Americans: Intervention research funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Wednesday, November 7, 2007: 12:30 PM

Eleanor Walker, PhD, RN , Department of Nursing, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
A panel of investigators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) will present findings from four community-based intervention research studies conducted with the aim of reducing health disparities. The first study focused on identifying the factors associated with the use of diabetes education resources by adult Hispanics near the US-Mexico border. A second study describes the outcomes of an evaluation of an innovative educational intervention to promote positive breast health behavior among Latinas in south Los Angeles. The third study provides information about factors that contribute to increased participation in colorectal screening among African American men. The fourth study will provide findings from a study to increase diabetes self-management among African Americans. All presenters will discuss effective strategies for reaching the various population groups, lessons learned, and public policy issues and implications.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Discuss the factors associated with the use of diabetes education resources by adult patients with type 2 diabetes among individuals near the US-Mexico border. 2. Describe the outcomes of an evaluation of a novel educational intervention to promote Positive Breast Health Behaviors among Latinas residing in south Los Angeles. 3. Describe the factors that have contributed to increased participation colorectal screening among African American men. 4. Discuss the effectiveness of a diabetes self-management program with African Americans.

Keywords: Health Disparities, Community-Based Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No
Any institutionally-contracted trials related to this submission?

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.