202689 Challenges and lessons learned in the establishment of a Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Disparities (CEED) REACH US

Monday, November 9, 2009: 9:30 AM

Sheila Castillo, MUPP , Midwest Latino Health Research, Training, and Policy Center, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Eve Pinsker, PhD , Midwest Latino Health Research, Training, and Policy Center (MC 625), Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Aida L. Giachello, PhD , Midwest Latino Health Research, Training, and Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Berenice Tow, MS , Project Director, REACH 2010, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Angela Ellison, MEd , Neighborhoods Initiative, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Charles H. Williams, MPH , Neighborhoods Initiative, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cynthia A. Barnes-Boyd, MSN, PhD, FAAN , University of Illinois @ Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Healthy City Collaborative, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Joseph Harrington, BA , Office of Chronic Disease, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL
In September 2007, the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center together with UIC-Healthy Cities/Great Cities Neighborhood Initiatives, and the Chicago Department of Public Health, received CDC funding to establish a national Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Disparities (CEED) under the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) US. The Center goal is to contribute to the elimination of disparities related to diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular (CVD) conditions among African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos in selected communities in Chicago and eventually nationwide through community and system change. Community efforts are aimed at changing social norms and lifestyle practices, such as higher consumption of produce and increasing physical activity, leading to reduction of overweight and obesity. Another sub-goal is reducing barriers to access and utilization of health and medical services for diabetes and CVD prevention and care. CEED@Chicago has been guided by a socio-ecological model following community participatory and empowerment approaches. Data has been collected based on analyses of qualitative data and review of coalition records. During its formation CEED@Chicago has a) established administrative infra-structure to facilitate the management and communication with partners; b) developed a model of community engagement and mobilization of grass-roots residents and organizations through public and private partnerships with multiple traditional and non-traditional sectors (e.g., businesses); c) engaged in action planning for the development of healthy public policies initiatives and training; d) awarded Legacy Projects mini-grants to community organizations. A series of challenges and lessons learned will be shared.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the goal of the CDC REACH US Chicago Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Disparities (CEED@Chicago). List the challenges and lessons learned about establishing the Centerís operational structure and building a broad and cohesive multi-sectoral coalition. Identify action planning tools and activities to develop health policies that will eventually impact obesity among minority populations.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Underserved Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the program manager for CEED@Chicago, one of 18 Centers of Excellence for Elimination of Disparities funded by the US Centers for Disease Control. I have worked with the Principal Investigators of the CEED@Chicago to develop our participatory approach. I have drawn on my background and previous experiences in urban planning and directing educational programs to specify and implement the steps required to build a multi-sectoral coalition that can address multiple social determinants of the health disparities we are aiming to eliminate.
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.