Policy and Community Interventions

Pittsburgh, PA
United States

The Community Empowerment Association’s goal is to heighten the community's understanding of health equity and its importance for achieving a dignified life. It will use USALEEP data to provide initial evidence of disparities in life expectancy within its community (Homewood, PA), linking health inequities to social and environmental determinants. The team will develop a composite Social Area Score that comprises community-determined indicators of the target neighborhoods plotted on a graph reflecting (by quadrant) those neighborhoods' social-equity positions.

After conducting a preliminary data analysis, the project will include a series of neighborhood roundtable conversations to encourage the community to think broadly about various factors influencing health (e.g., air quality, food/nutrition, safety, housing, violence, racism, sexism). The Community Empowerment Association will also develop pictograms of Health Equity Summaries, social media content, and posters to share their findings with the community.

The Community Empowerment Association’s community working group will also identify and attempt to fill "risk" gaps. With assistance from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, the team will develop projects that involve gathering and analyzing data and will ultimately present findings to decisionmakers (such as government officials) and the community at large. Attention is given to "upstream" issues, focusing on prevention and differences in the social determinants of health.

All final tools and resources using USALEEP data will be made available in summer 2020.

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