246613 Lessons in coalition building for diabetes prevention and management to address disparities among African Americans in rural Georgia

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 12:30 PM

Cassandra Arroyo, PhD , Faculty, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Swati Raychowdhury, PhD, MPH , College of Health Sciences, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Nicolette Warren, MS, MCHES , Director of Health Equity, Society for Public Health Education, Washington, DC
For over six consecutive years, diabetes morbidity has disproportionately burdened the African American community in Jenkins County, Georgia at almost six times the rate of Whites. While African Americans accounted for 41% of the population in Jenkins County in 2006, they accounted for 73% of all diabetes morbidity reported in the county. In a community hit hard by the economic downturn and a 23.1% unemployment rate, transportation, food insecurity and limited access to local health care present challenges. In 2008, the Jenkins County Diabetes Coalition (JCDC) was formed to address the diabetes prevention and management disparities among African Americans. After a year of inactivity, the JCDC partnered with the Georgia Society for Public Health Education (GASOPHE) to provide an infrastructure to implement programs and strategies to address not only the diabetes disparities, but also build capacity in the community to create individual-, community- and system-level change for healthful living by addressing social norms. The new partnership is supported by SOPHE's Health Equity Project cooperative agreement with CDC's Division of Adult and Community Health which aims to facilitate community action and capacity building to address health disparities; promote understanding of health disparities and social determinants of health; develop partnerships to support policy and environmental changes to reduce the burden of disease and disability; and develop resources, tools and strategies to eliminate health disparities. Challenges of coalition building and development in a rural context will be discussed along with unique successes that have supported the growth of the coalition.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the burden of diabetes among rural African Americans in Georgia 2. Discuss the challenges of coalition building with respect to diabetes prevention and management among rural African Americans 3. Identify successes in coalition development in the rural context

Keywords: African American, Coalition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee programs and evaluation of programs using community-based participatory methods for chronic disease prevention and management.
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.