and the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials.
New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the New York State Minority Health Council convened Community Listening Sessions in New York State in 2015, in areas legislatively defined as Minority Areas (MA) (areas with a 40% or greater racial and ethnic populations) and which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The Listening Sessions utilized a community led, bottom-up approach to identifying and discussing complex health and social problems. This approach was based on the key principal that underlies place-based initiatives, wherein priorities and action plans are determined by the community – by the people impacted by health inequality – while the governmental agencies and service organizations serve as allies to a “bottom-up” process. This allows the community to create its space, identify and set priorities, and discuss strategies that can achieve improved health and long-standing social change.
1. Provide a contextual framework on health disparities and emerging place-based interventions; and
2. Discuss the application of a place-based initiative through community-led listening sessions; and
3. Articulate how the lessons learned will be used to develop policies, allocate resources, and support an infrastructure that
works best for communities across the state.
Voice your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative
Yvonne J. Graham, Director, Office of Minority Health &Health Disparities Prevention, New York State Department of Health
Raul Vasquez, President, The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN)
Lori V. Quigley, Dean, Esteves School of Education, Professor of Literacy Education, The Sage Colleges, New York
Lenora Reid Rose, Co-Director, Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health Care, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Kristen Pergolino, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Prevention, New York State Department of Health
Amen Ptah, Digital Media Specialist/Program Coordinator, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County; Tele Counselor II, 2-1-1/Lifeline
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