Launching a public health intervention, focusing on multiple determinants of health, for residents of Las Vegas' poorest community

Under this grant, a partnership made up of academic, business, government and community organizations will work closely with residents of Las Vegas' Ward 5 to design and pilot workplace and community-based public health interventions to improve their overall health. Rather than focusing on specific diseases or health behaviors, the partnership will work with community residents to target interventions that work further upstream--at the level of the multiple social determinants of health. The partnership will employ a community-led participatory action research process to enable community residents to identify targets for interventions and develop strategies to meet their goals. In addition, a large casino/hotel operator will pilot a workplace intervention. The aim of the overall process is to strengthen the community's social capital and civic engagement, which is thought to have direct and indirect impacts on health. At the end of the project period, the research team will produce: a process evaluation of the workplace intervention and the different techniques to engage the community; an identification of the community's self-defined priorities; a resource guide tailored to community priorities; a report on the preventive-health needs of the community's residents; and an assessment of the impact of the community-engagement process on the social capital of the community. An additional deliverable will be a public-use dataset for inclusion in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Medical Care Archive.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $383,300.00

Awarded on: 6/28/2010

Time frame: 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2012

Grant Number: 66930


University of California, Berkeley

200 California Hall, Suite 1500
Berkeley, 94720-1500


S. Leonard Syme
Project Director