Eighty percent of health disparities occur in 15 percent of American zip codes. Place-based interventions (rather than sweeping interventions) emerge as an efficient pathway to health equity. The International Society of Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) is committed to working with patients, federally qualified health centers, and other local stakeholders in communities with hypertension, obesity, and diabetes-related disparities. ISHIB and stakeholders from four areas (Camden, New Jersey; Baltimore; Orangeburg, South Carolina; and El Paso, Texas) will receive funding through this project. Funding permits mutual education on health disparities and research to improve health. Through four focus groups, patients and other local stakeholders in each area will select a health focus and develop a strategic plan with clinical and research priorities and a timeline. Patients and other stakeholders will attend ISHIB’s 2016 Annual Meeting to share information and lessons learned with each other and ISHIB leaders/members.
The projected outputs from this project are a strong multi-stakeholder collaborative teams with mutual respect and a shared commitment, vision, and goals for improving cardiometabolic heath equity; five excellent educational programs for FQHC staff, patients, community stakeholders, and ISHIB to foster understanding of PCOR; an action plan with strong input from patients, FQHC leadership and staff, other community stakeholders with input from ISHIB leadership and selected national experts included that integrates the experience and includes a needs assessment, timeline and process for sharing lessons learned.
Project collaborators include the Care Coordination Institute; Clemson University; and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.