Racial and ethnic minorities in the United States experience poorer health outcomes relative to the population as a whole.
The New School University in New York conducted a study in 2001 of community-based health care initiatives that were designed to reduce disparities in the health and health care of racial and ethnic minority populations. Many community-based initiatives have been created to address these disparities, but little is known about the factors that characterize successful programs.
In the monograph Addressing Health Disparities in Community Settings, the investigators describe the "success factors" and challenges that characterize the organizations running the programs studied. Among them:
Replicating the various community-based health program models would be difficult.
Currently, it is unlikely that community-based health programs are having a large impact on the health of minority populations.