230720 B Free CEED: Using a CBPA Approach to Eliminate Hepatitis B Related Disparities in Asian & Pacific Islander Populations (as part of a panel discussion REACHing for Social Justice: Highlights of REACH Programs Working to Advance Health Equity)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 11:24 AM - 11:42 AM

Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH , Institute of Community Health & Research, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
April J. Taylor, MPH , Division of Adult & Community Health, CHAPs Branch, REACH US, Centers For Disease Control & Prevetion, Atlants, GA
Ngozi Moses, MSc , Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Brooklyn, NY
Susan J. Sommer, MSN, RNC , Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
This abstract is being proposed as a joint panel. Hepatitis B (HBV) is recognized as a major health disparity in Asian Pacific Islanders (API), affecting an estimated 10-15% of APIs nationally compared to 0.3% of the general U.S. population. HBV primary affects the most vulnerable group of recent immigrants from East and Southeast Asia where infection is endemic and vaccinations have not been widely available. Efforts to address health disparities require a multi-disciplinary approach. Incumbent on the success is the need to culturally tailor and disseminate interventions to the target community. In 2007, the Center for the Study of Asian American Health, NYU School of Medicine and its partner coalition (i.e., community-based organizations, health clinics, hospitals, and council members), was one of eighteen sites designated as a CDC Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Disparities (CEED). The mission of B Free CEED is to serve as a national resource and expert center on the elimination of HBV disparities among APIs through the development and dissemination of multi-level, evidence-based best practices and activities. Using a community-based participatory approach (CBPA), the B Free CEED partnership coalition leads all aspects of its interventions and activities. The main local partners include a community health center, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, and a community-based organization, the Korean Community Services of Metro NY. A larger national coalition of organizations, agencies, and groups provides guidance on the overall activities and projects. Lessons learned and strategies will be shared on building and maintaining a coalition of partners and networks and how decision-making are operationalized to address a significant health disparity facing a “hard to reach” population.

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 and the Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc progress on reducing health inequities and building progressive partnerships amongst Black, Latino and Asian American communities. Assess the policy and environmental systems approach used by each program.

Keywords: Asian and Pacific Islander, Access and Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Program Manager and I am proposing this abstract as a group presentation.
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.