Empowering communities with information to more effectively participate in decision making about their health care is an important component of addressing health disparities. Minority community-based organizations, including faith-based groups, can be effective in conducting campaigns or outreach efforts that are culturally competent. These organizations are also well positioned to build communication networks that aim to reach minority communities. Public health messages must be consistent and credible and must take into account the specific characteristics of the targeted audience.
Take Control of Your Health
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Developed by Stanford University
The Office of Minority and Multicultural Health is proud to promote the Take Control of Your Health Program. This is a fun and practical course that can help people with chronic conditions overcome daily challenges, and maintain an active, fulfilling life.
Community Roundtable Discussion report [pdf 435kb]
The Department of Health recognizes the importance of community input in discussing issues around health disparities and policies that will improve the status of health in our communities. To that end, the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health hosted community roundtables to identify what the community viewed as barriers to living healthy lives and to understand what the community believes is needed to overcome those barriers. These “town-hall” style meetings were held in Newark and Atlantic City.
The community roundtables report tells us that the top areas of concern include:
- Increasing support to hospitals that care for the poor and medically under served
- Passing legislation concerning affordable and accessible health care
- Allowing fitness programs in public schools
- Increasing access to nutritional foods through neighborhood grocery stores
The community roundtables gave the Department an opportunity to receive feedback from the public and find out what the concerns are and what the solutions might be.
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