Public Health Reports - "A Community-Academic Partnership to Address Racial Health Disparities through Grant-Making"
Participatory approaches are well-recognized strategies to reduce health disparities.
Few models exist that use community and academic members equally in the grant funding process for programs aimed at reducing and eliminating these disparities. In 2008, the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center in East Harlem, New York, developed a partnered process to award grants to community groups that target the social determinants of diabetes-related disparities. Community and academic representatives developed a novel strategy to solicit and review grants. This approach fostered equality in decision-making and sparked innovative mechanisms to award $500,000 in small grants. Read More