179899 Assessing Minority Health Needs and Plans: The Benefits of Community-Based Collaborative

Monday, October 27, 2008

Chad P. Cheriel, PhD , Institute on Aging, School of COMMUNITY Health, PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, Portland, OR
Leda P. Garside, RN , Tuality Healthcare, Salud Services, Hillsboro, OR
Audrey S. Sienkiewicz, BS , Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Services, Portland, OR
Assessing the needs and designing and delivering culturally appropriate public health programs to the Latino population, which includes vast numbers of uninsured and large numbers of migrant, seasonal and undocumented workers, present a unique set of challenges to researchers and public health professionals. This session will discuss the lessons learned and solutions developed in meeting these challenges through the creation of a community-based collaborative research (CBCR) team made up of community, health agency and academic partners. The team was built to address issues of chronic illness among Latinos in Oregon, with an initial focus on arthritis. The team, in its fourth year of operation, has completed 600 surveys, three focus groups, and is in the program delivery stage.

Our discussion will be centered on three themes:

1) CBCR process: A brief discussion will center on specific issues of outreach to this population and adjustments made in the research design and methods to maximize survey outcome;

2) Data: Summary findings from the data will highlight issues of limited access, high rates of pain, significant co-morbidities and associated functional limitations, poor self-rated health, high use of over-the-counter drugs, home remedies and topical lotions; barriers to physical activity, and motivation for self-help.

3) Action plan design and delivery will highlight the influence of the CBCR process and findings in the design and delivery of public health programs.

Conclusion: The CBCR approach has proven to be a highly beneficial tool in gathering valuable data and developing culturally appropriate public health programs for minorities.

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the creative process used within a CBCR framework to solve critical issues relating to engagement of community members in the collaborative and the resolution of potential obstacles to data collection. 2) Assess the relevance of findings from CBCR driven data collection procedures. 3) Evaluate the uniqueness of plans developed as a result of data and findings from community-based research processes.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Minority Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as the PI for this project and serve on the faculty of the School of Community Health, Portland State University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.