The Asian American Hepatitis B Program: Building a Coalition to Address Hepatitis B Health Disparities
Source:Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2011; 5(3):261-271.
Attitude To Health
Community-Based Participatory Research
Community Health Services
Health Care Coalitions
Health Status Disparities
Hepatitis B, Chronic
Hepatitis B Vaccines
New York City
Republic Of Korea
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3369315
Funding:P60 MD000538/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
P60 MD000538/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
P60 MD000538-01/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
U58DP001022/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
Community coalitions are increasingly recognized as important strategies for addressing health disparities. By providing the opportunity to pool resources, they provide a means to develop and sustain innovative approaches to affect community health.
This article describes the challenges and lessons learned in building the Asian American Hepatitis B Program (AAHBP) coalition to conduct a community-based participatory research (CBPR) initiative to address hepatitis B (HBV) among New York City Asian-American communities.
Using the stages of coalition development as a framework, a comprehensive assessment of the process of developing and implementing the AAHBP coalition is presented.
Findings highlight the importance of developing a sound infrastructure and set of processes to foster a greater sense of ownership, shared vision, and investment in the program.
Grassroots community organizing and campus–community partnerships can be successfully leveraged to address and prevent a significant health disparity in an underserved and diverse community.
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