Thursday January 7, 2010
Center for Health Equity Awards Grants to Five Organizations
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Health Equity has awarded $50,000 in grants to five community based organizations. Each organization will receive $10,000. The grants will fund activities to reduce health inequities in Louisville among people of color and lower socio-economic groups.
“These grants are part of our on-going strategy to reduce health inequities in our community,” said Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman. “We are excited to offer these grants which will empower the individuals in these communities to have a real impact in identifying barriers to good health in their neighborhoods and then working toward solutions.”
The grant award winners are as follows:
• Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, Inc.: This project will serve the Shawnee neighborhood. Preliminary discussions in that neighborhood have centered on the need for preventive and primary health care in the neighborhood.
• 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families: This project will serve the Russell neighborhood and will involve young people – high school and college students – in facilitating community health dialogues. These young people will be supervised by adults from the community.
• California Block Club Federation: This project will work closely with churches, school and other civic groups in the California neighborhood. Preliminary discussions in this group have centered on how abandoned houses and neighborhood crime are negatively affecting the image of the neighborhood preventing needed health resources from coming into the community.
• LIFE Institute: This project will work primarily in the Portland community. An emphasis of this project will be diversity in seeking solutions to neighborhood issues. Their community health dialogues will include people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds serving as facilitators and participants.
• Norton Healthcare in partnership with St. Rita Catholic Church: This project will serve the St. Rita/Gilmore community and will actively engage Hispanic/Latino residents to seek solutions to neighborhood issues.
Each organization will conduct health equity dialogues for residents of its community using the Public Broadcasting System series UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick. The series examines how the social determinants of health – one’s race, economic status or education – can be more powerful predictors of health than genes or lifestyle choices.
Using the health equity dialogues as a springboard for discussion, each group receiving a grant will then do an assessment of their community that identifies barriers to good health for community residents. The grant recipients will also develop action plans identifying specific strategies to improve community health conditions. These action plans will serve as blueprints for policy change. Staff members of the Center for Health Equity will continue to provide technical support to each of the organizations to do community assessments and to develop action plans.