Inventory of effective public health practices and structures to eliminate and reduce health disparities

Eliminating health disparities is a major goal of local health departments. Unfortunately, based on the mid-course review of the Healthy People 2010 objectives, the U.S. has made little progress in reducing many health disparities. If we are to improve the performance of public health agencies, we must find effective strategies for eliminating health disparities  not only by improving our health care system, but also by strengthening and disseminating the most effective public health systems and services. This grantee will systematically inventory existing public health programs and systems that were intentionally designed to reduce health disparities, and to make these findings widely available to public health systems researchers and decision makers. This project will inform future Foundation investments that can link its quality improvement efforts to the most promising practices for reducing health disparities. The project supports the Foundation's work in public health systems research. Also, it will help establish baseline measures for identifying effective programs and structures that seek to reduce health disparities, and will provide a tool or metrics for evaluating the impact of these programs and structures on health outcomes. Major deliverables from this project include an inventory of current public health programs and structures developed by local health departments to reduce health disparities, and a tool that can be used by public health agencies and public health systems researchers to describe the characteristics, structure and impact of these programs and structures. The inventory will be made available to public health researchers and decision makers in an electronic report and through a website that will be linked to that of other public health agencies such as ASTHO and NACCHO. The findings will also be reported at national meetings, and in newsletters and professional journals.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $460,702.00

Awarded on: 7/27/2007

Time frame: 8/1/2007 - 3/31/2010

Grant Number: 61143


University of Washington School of Nursing

P.O. Box 357260
Seattle, 98195-7266


Bobbie Berkowitz
Project Director