Texas Health and Human Services Commission
4900 North Lamar Austin, TX 78751
(512) 424-6509 (Phone)
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities (OEHD) provides leadership to community-based organizations, state health agencies and other strategic partners committed to eliminating health disparities.Grant Project Information
FY10 State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health
This State Partnership project seeks to address significant disparities in heart disease, stroke and obesity within minority populations, particularly African Americans and Latinos. In Texas, these health disparities are mainly a result of disparities in access to health care and adverse social determinants of health. To address these issues, this project will link existing statewide networks and network partners to policy-change strategies, and build the capacity of these networks to move effectively into the policy arena with policy actions relevant to community needs. The project will also provide technical support to enhance the leadership skills and capacities of communities in eliminating health disparities. The activities include community engagement, development of learning modules, collaborative development of policies and initiatives and evaluation methods that fully involve community participants in identifying program success. The intended outcomes include the creation of action plans, participation of network members in state-level policy discussions and the development of community-driven policy initiatives. In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, the project will conduct an evaluation that employs scientifically-rigorous methods consistent with best practices in the measurements of efficacy and degree of goal accomplishment. Surveys and community-based assessments will be used to collect data.
OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute (check all that apply):
- Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
- Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
- Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)
Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):
Healthy People objectives were not identified.