Evaluation of the Community Focused Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative

Sponsor

North Carolina Division of Public Health

Principal Investigator

Dr. Anissa Vines, Epidemeology

Project Run Dates

9/1/2010 to 5/31/2012

 

Summary

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHHD) was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1992. The mission of OMHHD is to promote and advocate for the elimination of health disparities among all racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations in North Carolina. In 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly awarded the OMHHD $3 million to fund the Community Focused Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (CFEHDI). This initiative focuses on the use of preventive measures to support healthy lifestyles for the purpose of closing the gap in the health status and outcomes of African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians as compared to the white population. Funding was a direct result of the Minority Health Report Card that presented statistics in six areas: infant mortality, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, cancer, diabetes, homicides, and motor vehicle deaths. The CFEHDI provides funding to non-profit community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, American Indian tribal organizations, and local health departments located in North Carolina. Private non-profit organizations must be incorporated in the state of North Carolina and must have IRS Section 501(c) (3) Tax Exempt Status. In 2007, the first cohort of organizations was awarded funds for 3 years and will complete their projects May 2010. In June 2010, another cohort of CFEHDI will receive funding. The funded projects represent each of the targeted groups and health priority areas. This is a multi-purpose evaluation. The first purpose is to assess achievement of project goals and objectives related to the implementation of preventive measures in the community among a sample of CFEHDI funded organizations from the first cohort. The second purpose is to assess the changes in the capacity of these organizations and their communities. The third purpose of this evaluation is to develop an assessment tool (preferably electronic) to assist with assessing on-going capacity building, program fidelity and impact among the second cohort of funded organizations. The evaluation entails collecting and analyzing information from existing data sources and will assess organizational goal/objective attainment and changes in capacity within organizations.