263383 An Academic-Community Partnership to Conduct a Community Health Equity Assessment among Latinos in Wyandotte County, Kansas

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 11:08 AM - 11:20 AM

Jerry A. Schultz, PhD , Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Vicki Collie-Akers, PhD , Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Paula Cupertino, PhD , Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Aura Morgan, MS , Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Marina Daldalian, MPH , Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansa City, KS
Stephen Fawcett, PhD , Work Group for Community Health and Dvelopment, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
This paper focuses on the unique nature of a project and partnership that adapted and implemented the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) assessments. It was unique as it was led by community organizations, not the local Public Health Department. The aim of this project (one of ten CDC REACH CORE funded projects) was to implement the MAPP process in the Latino community in Kansas City, KS. The partnership consisted of the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, the Latino Health for All Coalition in Kansas City, KS, El Centro Inc., the Health Department of Wyandotte County, and the KU Department of Preventive Medicine. The Latino Health for All Coalition, which has been actively engaged in improving conditions that promote health among Latinos, was a key contributor to the process. The mobilization and assessment process comprised several key components, including: the creation of a clear vision and mission, implementation of four assessments (Community Strengths and Themes, Local Public Health System Assessment, Community Health Status, Opportunities and Threats), development of a logic model and a strategic and action plan adapted for the Latino community. Using CBPR methods, the partnership adapted the MAPP assessments to focus on health equity and health disparities among the Latino community. Results paint a picture of a county of contradictions lowest health rankings in the state, high levels of economic development during the recession, rapid demographic shifts, good jobs held by non-residents and many other contradictory forces.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the four assessment of a MAPP process. 2. Discuss the features of community context to consider when adapting community assessments 3. Differentiate community health equity assessment from community health assessment.

Keywords: Health Disparities, Community Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Principle Investigator on this federally funded project and on many other similar projects. My research interests focus on community based participatory research
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.