Health Equity Project


In 2009, SOPHE was awarded a 5-year CDC cooperative agreement to utilize its national outreach to expand and support the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. REACH is a national program that serves as the cornerstone of CDC's efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health.

SOPHE's Health Equity Project, "Sustainable Solutions for Health Equity," aims to engage the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Centers of Excellence for Elimination of Health Disparities and Action Communities (CEEDs) by empowering its chapters, community-based organizations and community members to reduce diabetes and related risk factors among African Americans/Blacks (AA/B) and American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) populations.

The goals of the Health Equity Project include:

  • Build SOPHE Chapters' leadership and partnership capacity to facilitate community action towards policy and environmental systems change.
  • Improve the lives of AI/AN populations who suffer disproportionately from the burden of disease and disability, and develop tools and strategies that will enable the nation to eliminate these health disparities.
  • Work with AA/B communities to develop tools, policies, and strategies that will improve the social conditions that are the root cause of health inequities enable the nation to eliminate these health disparities.
  • Improve the lives of racial and ethnic populations who suffer disproportionately from the burden of disease and disability, and develop tools and strategies that will enable the nation to eliminate these health disparities.


Inequalities in health status among racial and ethnic groups continue to indicate that AA/B and AI/AN are more likely to be obese and have diabetes than non-Hispanic White populations. Two SOPHE chapters, Georgia and Northern California SOPHE, were awarded mini-grants in 2010 to implement two different non-traditional physical activity and nutrition interventions in urban Northern California and rural Southeast Georgia to improve AA/B and AI/AN health outcomes. For more information about REACH program, click here.

Georgia SOPHE

Georgia SOPHE Health Equity Project focuses on developing and expanding the capacity for policy, system and environmental change through continued coalition building in rural Jenkins County, GA. To learn more about Georgia SOPHE's approach to eliminating health disparities, click here.

Northern California SOPHE

Northern California SOPHE is addressing diabetes prevention and management among AI/AN populations in the urban Bay Area of California by partnering with the Intertribal Friendship House. To learn more about Northern California SOPHE's approach to eliminating health disparities, click here.

Resources

 


CDC Related Videos

REACH: Improving Lives, Inspiring Hope

REACH- Diabetes Prevention and Management -- Society for Public Health Education, Washington, DC 

Webinars

SOPHE will be providing ongoing webinars related to eliminating health disparities and building leadership and partnership capacity. For a list of available SOPHE webinars, visit the Center for Online Resources and Education (CORE).

Minority Communities Advisory Committee Members

  • Melanie Wells, SOPHE Assitant Chief Executive Officer
  • Jeff Bachar, National REACH Coalition Board Member
  • Nashira Baril, Boston Public Health Commission, previously funded REACH CEEDs program*
  • Michael Bird, APHA Past President
  • Radonna Crowe, Healthy Cherokee
  • Lynn Davis, YMCA of the USA, previously funded CDC Healthy Communities program
  • Bonnie Duran, University of Washington (Chairperson)
  • David Mount, Wake Forest University
  • Stephanie Pinnow, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc., funded REACH MNO
  • Regina Pulliam, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Mary Shaw, Florida International University
  • Nicolette Warren, SOPHE Director of Healthy Equity

*Denotes National REACH Coalition Leader

SOPHE's Health Equity Project's chapter mini-grants are funded by a CDC five-year cooperative agreement, the National Organizations that Serve Minority Communities Initiative to Share Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Eliminate Health Disparities with Local Affiliates and Chapters. If you are interested in the SOPHE Health Equity Project, please contact Nicolette Warren at nwarren@sophe.org.