The Center for Minority Health (CMH) at the University of Pittsburgh has developed culturally-tailored strategies for improving the well-being of the African-American community.
Poverty and segregation fuel the health disparity between Pittsburgh’s minority and nonminority populations. CMH has attempted to bridge the knowledge gap between the University of Pittsburgh’s academic health sciences and the nearby African-American community. In 2000, CMH decided to focus on disease prevention and health promotion programs. This article summarizes the achievements of six CMH programs that have actively engaged all segments of Pittsburgh’s African-American population. CMH promotes activities that address health disparity priority areas. All CMH programs build trust, promote public awareness of health issues and establish credibility with the minority community.
The CMH has been able to build trusting relationships and develop sustainable public health interventions in the African-American community in Pittsburgh.