Website Offers Guide on Effective Approaches to Cut Health Disparities

Research activities to assist the CDC's program, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

From mid-1999 through 2000, The RAND® Corporation synthesized and disseminated information on effective community interventions to address racial and ethnic disparities in six health areas:

  • breast and cervical cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related disease
  • immunization
  • infant mortality.

See Findings for a description of findings in each area.

Key Results

  • RAND conducted a systematic literature review and identified 240 manuscripts describing community-based interventions relevant to populations and conditions targeted by the CDC program.

    RAND created a Web site, "Community Based Approaches to Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health" to disseminate findings from its literature review.

    For each health target, the site provides a summary of conclusions from the studies reviewed, a searchable database of the citations RAND identified, summaries of the manuscripts reviewed and an e-mail address for the appropriate CDC contact.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project with a $492,897 grant.