Stakeholders’ Strategies to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Perspectives on the HIT/Health Disparities Connection
Building Coalitions Among Communities of Color A Multicultural Approach
National Policy Agenda
Giving Voices to the Voiceless
Racial, Ethnic, and Primary Language Data Collection in the Health Care System:
Conference Highlights/Building Community Engagement in Underserved Neighborhoods/The Path to Health Empowerment
Overview/Community Engagement Initiatives in the District of Columbia
SHIRE accomplishments are many. Today, we are nationally recognized as an effective advocate for the adoption and use of health information technology in communities of color. Our work on data collection since 2001 contributed to language in the Affordable Care Act that requires the collection of race/ethnicity data in all federally-funded programs. SHIRE is also known as a leading voice in the DC campaign to prevent childhood obesity. These are “big picture” successes with broad impact that pave the way for our continued advocacy efforts.
We can point to programmatic accomplishments as well. Here are some examples:
- SHIRE and partners have informed over 2,000 AmeriHealth Caritas DC members about wellness in wards 5, 7 and 8.
- 600 individuals have participated in Wellness Circles on a sustained basis.
- Nearly 60 percent of Wellness Circle participants have experienced improved health outcomes in blood pressure, glucose levels, BMI changes and weight loss
- In partnership with People’s Co-op in Ward 8, SHIRE engaged over 300 community volunteers to build a KaBoom playground in one day. SHIRE convened over 140 partners as members of the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative, nearly 50% of whom attended meetings regularly.
- With Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities partners, SHIRE advocated successfully for DC’s participation in the Federal After School Meals program and for more healthy food choices East of the River.
- With these partners, SHIRE also promoted with success District policies promoting the improvement and use of parks – efforts leading to a citywide “Outdoors for Health” coalition.
- Over 100 youth and adult gardeners from three housing complexes participated in SHIRE’s neighborhood gardening project, conducted with Groundwork Anacostia River DC.
- SHIRE has recruited, trained and deployed 75 youth and 75 adult peer educators to recruit program participants and share health information through skits, plays, health fairs, presentations to doctors’ offices and other venues.
- Through outreach to neighbors, peer educators increased sales at a Ward 8 Farmers’ Market by 50%.
- SHIRE’s Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention (SCOOP) program resulted in an increase in structured physical activity in child care centers from 45% to 72%.
- The National Community-Based Organization Network of the American Public Health Association presented SHIRE with its “Unsung Heroes” award in October 2011.
- The Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. presented SHIRE with its Organizational Partner Award in April 2015.