261424 THRIVE: A Community-led Approach to Achieve Health Equity throughout the Lifespan

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Xavier Morales, PhD , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
The Community Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) translates health equity knowledge into community action by 1) prescribing a community led process to understand the community's interests related to social determinants of health, 2) initiating community led workgroups to develop implementation plans to address community defined and prioritized issues, 3) developing multi-sector collaborations comprised of agencies and organizations that control the means to address community priorities and 4) positioning the community representatives to facilitate the multi-sector collaboration to advance efforts to address those social determinants that lead to increased health equity. One of THRIVE's primary goals is to take community knowledge regarding the social determinants of health and package it in a manner that helps to enable community-led efforts to improve health outcomes. Additionally, the community led process initiated by THRIVE develops multi-generational relationships, strengthens multidisciplinary partnerships, and changes the way communities think about health and safety. THRIVE builds upon academic and practitioner research by providing a mechanism for communities and their partners to take action to achieve health equity.

The presentation will begin with a description of the THRIVE assessment process that is designed to define strategies needed to address the prioritized determinants of health. The second part of the presentation will focus on the presentation of three successful pilots that will demonstrate how THRIVE has been used in a variety of locations, with different populations, and how the tool has enhanced cultural and generational efforts to promote health and health equity.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
--Participants will list three benefits of community led initiatives to address social determinants of health. --Participants will differentiate between a tool for community change and using a tool as political strategy for community change --Participants will be able to differentiate between community-led issue identification and prioritization and resource driven planning and implementation.

Keywords: Community-Based Public Health, Community Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct the THRIVE initiative, which is being highlighted in this presentation. I also have extensive experience in community led efforts to increase health equity and environmental justice.
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.