Background: Racial disparities regarding chronic disease, health disparities, and mortality have been well documented in the St. Louis Region. This project will answer the following questions: (1) What are the priority health disparities for African-American St. Louis youth? (2) What community-proposed strategies will reduce these health disparities?
Proposed Solution: A consortium of community, academic, and clinical partners involved with African-American youth in North St. Louis City and County will discuss problems, define priorities, and develop possible solutions to prepare for future interventions.
Objectives: 1) Develop a consortium among two St. Louis-area Federally Qualified Health Centers, an area hospital, a private clinic, a university partner, community-based organizations, and schools; 2) facilitate patient-centered discussions on problems and solutions; 3) educate partners on patient-centered outcomes research process; and 4) develop neighborhood toolkit for dissemination.
Activities: Participatory consumer groups will convene at regular intervals throughout the project. Barriers to healthcare access, values, needs, and potential solutions will be documented.
Outcomes & Outputs (projected):
Year 1: Records of all gatherings and consumer-identified suggestions for possible solutions will be collected. Social media outlets will be established for information dissemination.
Year 2: Priorities will be identified by community partners outlining critical barriers. Analysis of documentation, presentations to community, compendium of processes, reports, and recommendations will be completed.
Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Plan: The patient, family, academic, clinic, and school community partners will participate in every step of the PCOR preparatory project.
Project Collaborators: University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Nursing; Christian Hospital Northeast—CHAPS Program; Betty Jean Kerr’s People’s Health Center, Myrtle-Hilliard Comprehensive Health Center, Community Heath in Partnership Services (CHIPS), Asthma-Allergy Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Ferguson-Florissant School District, and Normandy School District.
Project Resource: Priority Needs Development