A Community-Engaged Approach to Select Geographic Areas for Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities
Source:Prog Community Health Partnersh. 5(3):299-305.
Community-Based Participatory Research
Diabetes Mellitus Process Issues
Geographic Information Systems
Health Care Coalitions
Health Status Disparities
New York City
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3487409
Funding:5U58DP001010-04/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
R24 MD001691/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
UL1 RR029887-03/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
UL1 TR000067/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
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.
We describe lessons learned from a community-engaged approach to specify the geographic area of focus.
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.
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.
A participatory approach can be effective in defining a geographic area for targeting interventions to reduce health disparities.
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