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A community-engaged approach to select geographic areas for interventions to reduce health disparities.

Cromley, Ellen and Kleinman, Lawrence C and Ramos, Michelle A and Arniella, Guedy and Viswanathan, Nalini and Garel, Mischka and Horowitz, Carol R (2011) A community-engaged approach to select geographic areas for interventions to reduce health disparities. Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action, 5 (3). pp. 299-305. ISSN 1557-0541

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Abstract

Background: While neighborhood-based approaches to eliminate health disparities are on the rise, there is little guidance on how researchers may engage with community partners to select geographic areas for interventions to reduce health disparities. We aimed to identify a small geographic area to target interventions to improve diabetes-related outcomes. Objectives: We describe lessons learned from a community-engaged approach to specify the geographic area of focus. Methods: A community-academic partnership of more than 20 organizations collaborated to develop and employ a 5-stage process to specify a target area for diabetes preventions and control activities. Lessons Learned: A coalition with local knowledge and ties to the community can develop criteria and direct a process leading to selection of a geographic area, increased research capacity, and strengthened relationships among partners. Conclusion: A participatory approach can be effective in defining a geographic area for targeting interventions to reduce health disparities.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community-based participatory research, health disparities, diabetes mellitus process issues, geographic information systems, East Harlem
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Practice > interventions
Research > methodologies
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Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2011 12:40
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2011 12:40
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3543

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