July 2001

Grant Results

SUMMARY

In 1999, New Jersey's Office of Minority Health, with the assistance of Allen and Partners, conference planners in Plainfield, N.J., convened a summit of state leaders to address the problem of continued disparities in minority health care status and outcomes in New Jersey.

Key Results

  • The summit, "The Health of Minorities in New Jersey, Part I: The Black Experience," took place on September 21–22, 1999, at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton, N.J.

    Approximately 250 people attended, including representatives of the health care and pharmaceutical industries, government, community-based organizations, community leaders, and business representatives.

    Presentations covered minority health data, cultural competency, and HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. (See the Bibliography for information on the presentations and panels.)

    Prior to the summit, Allen and Partners convened five focus groups from communities with large African-American populations. Discussions explored residents' health status, medical services received, and outcomes experienced.

    The state health commissioner hosted a breakfast for corporate leaders at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on September 10, 1999, to promote participation in the summit.

    Allen and Partners summarized the findings of the focus group sessions in a report that was shared with summit attendees. A panel on best practices featured officials from Ohio and South Carolina. Participants also met in small groups to develop recommendations for action strategies to address state health disparities.

Recommendations
Based on recommendations that emerged from the summit, the Office of Minority Health Advisory Commission prepared a report outlining the following action steps:

  • Improve the state's data collection.
  • Address health disparities and HIV/AIDS in the African-American community.
  • Improve cultural competence in the state's health programs.
  • Strengthen the Office of Minority Health.

Further Dissemination
The Office of Minority Health produced a 31-minute video based on the summit, which was distributed to community organizations, companies in the health care field, and local health departments.

The Office of Minority Health also created a fact sheet illustrating the disparities in health status between African Americans and whites in New Jersey, which was distributed at a variety of conferences and seminars in the state.

The summit received local newspaper, television, and radio coverage. (See the Bibliography for details.)

A second summit, "The Health of Minorities in New Jersey, Part II: The Latino Experience," was held on June 2–3, 2000, without RWJF support. Recommendations from both summits will be used as a basis for future state policy changes regarding minority health.

In addition, a third summit, "The Asian American Health Forum" was held August 17, 2000, in Jersey City, N.J. Recommendations are expected by Fall 2001.

The Office of Minority Health appointed the Asian American Health Forum and the Latino Health Advisory Committee, which meet quarterly and provide advice to the state health commissioner on implementation of recommendations from the summits.

Also, "Regional Health Summit 2000: Eliminating Health Disparities Among Minorities" — a summit targeting Union, Middlesex, and Somerset counties — was held in Edison, N.J., on October 18, 2000.

Funding
RWJF supported this project through a grant of $48,115.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

New Jersey Minority Health Summit

Grantee

State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (Trenton,  NJ)

  • Amount: $ 48,115
    Dates: March 1999 to March 2000
    ID#:  036032

Contact

Linda J. Holmes
(609) 292-6962
lh2@doh.state.nj.us

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Books and Reports

Transcripts of discussion groups leading up to the Health Summit Report. Office of Minority Health Advisory Commission, 1999.

New Jersey Minority Health Summit, Part I: "The Black Experience," Post Analysis Report. Plainfield, N.J.: Allen and Partners, Inc., 1999.

New Jersey Office of Minority Health Report on Focus Groups. Plainfield, N.J.: Allen and Partners, Inc., 1999.

Office of Minority Health Advisory Commission. The Health of Minorities in New Jersey, Part I: "The Black Experience." Summit Recommendations Report. Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Minority Health, 2000.

Brochures and Fact Sheets

"Selected Health Measures: Comparisons Between African Americans and Whites in New Jersey." State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, 1999.

Sponsored Conferences

"The Health of Minorities in New Jersey, Part I: The Black Experience," September 21–22, 1999, New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton, N.J. Attended by 250 people from the health care industry, pharmaceutical industry, government, community-based organizations, community leaders, and business representatives. Two keynote addresses, three panel discussions, eight small-group discussions, and one large-group discussion.

Keynote Addresses

  • Christine Grant, Commissioner, N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services, "Minority Health Data: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?"
  • Christine Todd Whitman, Governor, "Recognition of Model New Jersey Office of Minority Health Initiatives."

Panel Discussions

  • "The Importance of Cultural Competency in Effectively Eliminating Health Disparities in the Black Community," Jean Marshall, Denise Rodgers M.D., Lauretha Stribling, Anita Lockerman, Joan Whitlow.
  • "The Effect of HIV/AIDS on the Black Community in New Jersey," Jeannine LaRue, Laurence Ganges, Patricia Whitley-Williams M.D., Valerie Jackson, Mindy Thompson Fullilove M.D.
  • "Best Practices From Other States in Addressing Health Disparities," Jerome C. Harris, Cheryl Boyce, Vicki Nakashima, Shauna Dominic.

Audio-Visuals and Computer Software

"The Health of Minorities in New Jersey, Part I: The Black Experience," a 31-minute video of highlights from the summit. New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, 1999. 650 copies were produced for distribution to community and health industry.

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Report prepared by: Eric Love
Reviewed by: Robert Narus
Reviewed by: Richard Camer
Program Officer: Frank Karel

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