230714 Tackling Health Inequities Using a Coalition-based Community Intervention: Lesson from the BPN Experience ( as part of the proposed panel REACHing for Social Justice: Highlights of REACH Programs Working to Advance Health Equity )

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 10:48 AM - 11:06 AM

Ngozi Moses, MSc , Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Brooklyn, NY
April J. Taylor, MPH , Division of Adult & Community Health, CHAPs Branch, REACH US, Centers For Disease Control & Prevetion, Atlants, GA
Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH , Institute of Community Health & Research, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Susan J. Sommer, MSN, RNC , Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
This abstract is proposed as a group panel under ID 228030. Funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the US (CDC REACH U.S.), a national, multi-level program designed to help the CDC to achieve the goals of Healthy People 2010, the Brownsville Action Committee for Health Equality Project (BACHE) is a coalition-based, community intervention that aims to reduce disproportionately high infant mortality rates among Black and Puerto Rican women living in the Brownsville/Ocean Hill area of Brooklyn, New York. Modeled after a “promising practice” developed by a large insurer in Rochester, NY, BACHE contains two key programmatic components: 1) an enhanced prenatal care component that assesses pregnant women's risk and 2) a community based system that coordinates care and referrals between local medical and social service providers. Using a community-based participatory approach (CBPA) and with an emphasis on sustainability, BACHE seeks to increase timely enrollment in prenatal care, improve the quality of screening to identify social risks early, and provide well-coordinated supportive services, thereby reducing medical and psychosocial risks and, with it, decreasing VLBW, pre-term births, and neonatal mortality. This paper/panel discussion will focus on presenting findings from Year 3 of the project. We will present this year's evaluation results, including results of our pilot and how we have used other qualitative and quantitative process data, including data on CBPA and sustainability, to assess and improve the project.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
In this panel discussion, the audience will: Describe the CBPR contributions of three nationally recognized REACH US community based programs; Compare the activities of three programs: Children's Hospital Boston Community Asthma Initiative, the NYU B Free CEED Coalition and; the Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc. progress on reducing health inequities, and building progressives partnerships amongst Black, Latino and Asian American communities. Assess the policy and environmental systems approach used by each program.

Keywords: African American, Infant Mortality

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the PI and founder of the program. I am prosing this presentation as a joint panel with 3 other colleagues.
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.