In an effort to end these disparities Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Family Health Partnerships teamed with 43 community partners in developing the CAAHAz, utilizing Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) methods. As a result, the CAAHAz is a true collaborative, community effort.
The CAAHAz' focus is on reducing the serious health disparities that affect African Americans through community-based health education, screening, and outreach that promotes active and healthy lifestyle behaviors, to include a participatory research component. A large majority of this work will be accomplished through partnerships with faith based and educational institutions and community.
1Culturally competent prevention and health promotion activities and resources, including chronic disease management training and support, health screenings, depression awareness outreach, health care referrals, enrollment and assistance.
2Promoting primary prevention efforts by improving health literacy and health care access for underserved populations through events such as health, education and resource workshops, media marketing, and faith based communication and training efforts.
3Identifying and educating faith based institutions, community, businesses, health care industries, and educational institutions about the cultural and social determinants of negative health outcomes in the African American community
4Acquiring research to create, recommend, or advocate for public policy and systems change. The CAAHAz plans to engage in community-centered participatory research that documents the health status and attitudes of African Americans through partnerships with ASU’s Southwestern Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC), T-GEN, ASU’s School of Nursing and other research agencies.