Online Program

Using community engagement through community-based assessment methods to achieve health equity

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Gabriel N. Stover, MPA, MSPH, Community Health Councils, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Lark Galloway-Gilliam, MPA, Community Health Councils, Los Angeles, CA
LaVonna B. Lewis, PhD, MPH, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Catherine Sepulveda, Community Transformation Grant, Community Health Councils, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Jacqueline Illum, MPL, Sol Price School of Public Policy-Community Transformation Grant Evaluation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
David Sloane, PhD, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
United for Health Coalition CHC, Community Health Councils, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
There is a growing movement for building neighborhoods that promote healthy lifestyles.  Based on historical and social inequities, neighborhood improvements may not be distributed equally, which differentially impacts community health.  United for Health, is a partnership between fourteen community based organizations was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Transformation grant-Small Communities to build neighborhood capacity.  Each partner represents racially and socio-economically diverse neighborhoods, each with glaring health disparities.  Collaboration and ongoing engagement with community residents were key components for implementing the wide range of the interventions throughout Los Angeles. This presentation will describe the process and results of two community-led assessment activities.  Over two years, the 14 United for Health partners were involved with recruiting, training and supervising community members for local data collection including built environment assessment which measured neighborhood level conditions and a Neighborhood Opinion Survey that provided evidence to inform local advocacy efforts. During the first year, 200 community members conducted the built environment assessment for 105 routes within five distinct neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  65% of the trained community members 200 were brought together five months later to discuss the findings and differences between neighborhoods and to provide input on additional data collection efforts. During year two, 2934 community surveys were collected by 130 trained community members. Findings were used to target neighborhood improvements and inform local advocacy. Engaging community members in local level assessments is one way to ensure policy, system and environmental changes are influenced by community-driven findings.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss collaborative community driven assessment process List community based assessment methods used for engaging diverse community members Describe community perspectives about place based policies and initiatives Explain the ways in which community-driven findings were used for neighborhood improvements

Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Built Environment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Over the last 10 years, I have lead several community-based participatory assessment efforts focused on health disparities and health equity. My interests are focused on engaging diverse communities in research related/evaluation processes and methods. I have also co-authored a few peer reviewed manuscripts.
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.