230227 Capacity-building to promote racial and ethnic health equity

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 5:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Diane Gaspard, RD, MA , South Los Angeles Health Projects, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Inglewood, CA
Jacqueline Tran, MPH , Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Garden Grove, CA
In the year 2000, several California REACH 2010 Program grantees, representing distinct communities and interventions, gathered to develop a strategy to build California's capacity to address health disparities among racial and ethnic communities. These grantees, funded under the CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health – REACH 2010 Initiative, formed the California REACH Coalition. The planning process resulted in the organization of statewide conferences which highlighted racial and ethnic health disparities and presented strategies and lessons learned to healthcare providers, policymakers, and community-based organizations. Conferences were convened in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2009. The conferences evolved to include workshops with plenary sessions designed to engage attendees in examination and discussion of health equity. The conferences provided forums for building community-academic partnerships, engaging additional community-based organizations as partners, supporting community education, increasing knowledge of public policy and resources; sharing community expertise in effective outreach methods, and disseminating best practices in community-based participatory research and the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. In order to continue and strengthen capacity building, the California REACH Coalition is making efforts to strategically link state efforts with other national groups such as the National REACH Coalition. The Coalition's lessons learned to promote capacity building will be shared.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the collaborative efforts of the California REACH Coalition in promoting racial and ethnic health equity. 2. Assess the California REACH Coalition’s successes in building capacity to promote racial and ethnic health equity. 3. Identify strategies that helped promote the California REACH Coalition’s successes. 4. Describe the lessons learned by the California REACH Coalition in promoting racial and ethnic health equity.

Keywords: Community Capacity, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I serve as program manager for a REACH US Program which serves to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the area of adult immunization and I serve as a member of the California REACH Coalition to enhance capacity building in order to promote ethnic and racial health equity.
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.