Call for Proposals from APHA Commission to End Health Care Disparities

4 Aug
The Commission to End Health Care Disparities is accepting proposals from organizations that excel in providing services with measurable outcomes to vulnerable populations, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, which achieve one of the following goals:
  • Improve blood pressure control among patients with hypertension
  • Improve medication adherence among patients with hypertension
  • Increase participation in community-based diabetes prevention programs that are part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
One individual representing each of the selected proposals will receive an all-expense paid trip to Chicago to highlight his or her program in front of a national audience of leaders in medicine and allied health and receive an award for excellence in controlling blood pressure and preventing diabetes. Applicants should e-mail their proposals to Tanya Lopez by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, August 14.
The presentations will take place during the fall meeting of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities on September 26. Proposals should illustrate evidence-based strategies, demonstrate best or promising practices, or detail innovative methods in controlling blood pressure and preventing diabetes that promote health equity. Proposals may be submitted for the following categories:
  • Inpatient setting
  • Ambulatory care setting
  • Public organization
  • Provider
  • Health-care payor
  • Community-based organization
  • Faith-based organization
To apply, applicants need to submit a PDF or Word document that provides all the following information in 500 words or less:
1. Describe your organization (type, size, geographic location, and populations served) and the program that achieves a minimum of one of the specified goals. How long has this program been in existence?
2. Describe the process used to implement the program. What data is collected to measure outcomes for this project and how is this data presently used for quality improvement?
3. What factors have been most important to the program’s success? Why?
4. What were obstacles that your organization had to overcome during the implementation process for this program and how did you address these obstacles?
5. Do you feel that your current program is sustainable? Why or why not?
Selection criteria include:
  • completeness of the proposal, understanding of the issues related to controlling hypertension and preventing diabetes in vulnerable populations, recommendations for policy and references where appropriate;
  • use of reliable quantitative or qualitative data, analytical strength and depth; and
  • comprehensiveness and clarity of the proposal, significance and impact in practice to lead to reduction, and eventual elimination of health disparities
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