American Council on Health Disparities (ACHD)

ACHD_mastheadSUBJECT: ACHD INITIAL STRATEGY in A NUTSHELL

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
Based on the unanimous responses received, that we proceed with the planning for the development of an ACHD, the summary feedback below is synthesized in 6 areas:

• Advancing the awareness, attention, and action toward reducing or eliminating Health Disparities- an  umbrella ACHD will facilitate exchange and effectiveness of all institutions, agencies and individuals working to close or eliminate Health Disparities

• Highlight Domestic and international transformative opportunities in Health Disparities

• Supporting the development of the “Next Generation of the Health Disparity Field” through education, research, policy, and public engagement.

• Serve as a forum and resource for communication to integrate  and disseminate experience across the many organizations in Health Disparities efforts

• Identify  “lessons learned” that can be usefully expanded, and track  key measures and metrics to evaluate and assess  relative progress toward Health Disparities goal achievement

• Planning a long term sustainable program and ACHD structure

Suggestions for Continued Liaison with / or participation in National Meetings­­­­
Expand the Disparities network and further identify groups/individuals. Continue consultation and engagement. Examples of informal consultation or opportunities in and around meetings follow:

NIMHD
Summit rescheduled due to Storm Sandy- provides the  considerable background to further mobilization and to continue building the momentum.

IOM Educating for Practice
Feeds into further defining the education, research and incentives to advance the Health Disparity agenda

Briefings and Health Association Meetings
Offer opportunities to publicize and expand the ACHD network and mutually highlight activities and opportunities-

FUNDING and RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

• IN KIND CONTRIBUTIONS

Examples:   APHA meeting space, MPHI Secretariat

• GRANT APPLICATION
Three (3) examples follow:

Conference Support – bringing a cross section of leaders to develop an in-depth exploration for opportunities of an ACHD

• Scan of field opportunities — barriers
• Develop a ”Call to Action” ethical and practical goals
• Opportunities to enhance cross collaboration: research and delivery
• Strengthening the field — creating the next generation of leaders
• Enhancing cross cultural work and collaboration

Resource Reader and Media compilation for Health Disparities and Cross Cultural Outreach
• 
Historic documents and educational resources
• Current efforts and Lessons learned
 Cyber based availability to facilitate further interactive exchange

Demonstration and Outreach
WEB CYBER BASE OPPORTUNITIES  for HEALTH DISPARITIES REDUCTION
 Multi-way backbone communications and coordination hub
 Further developing cyber professional and “netizens” social and collaborative network
• Disseminate and evaluate both cyber and traditional print/media resources
• Input from veteran web health and Institutions with long track record in collaboration
 Build on existing networks where ACHD will provide a value added component

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