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disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease. There is a
broad, complex, and interrelated array of factors that lead to disparities in
health, and minority and low-income families are especially vulnerable. In fact
it affects certain racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from
lower socioeconomic classes. Dr. Butsch Kovacic and her team from Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center have partnered with the community groups, Core Change and Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses in order to research ways to close this health gap and to improve the health of
the community using a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach.
CBPR is when the unique strengths of researchers & community members are
recognized & together they identify the community’s health needs, design
& conduct a research study, interpret the results & share them with the
larger community soon thereafter. These studies often lead to health
interventions for issues identified. Importantly, CBPR does not involve
experimental medications. To begin, the 7 Hills Registry was begun to help each
partner obtain data to be used in grants to fund CBPR projects at 7 Hills.
Nearly 30 families have already consented & 7 community members have agreed
to serve on a Community Health Advisory Committee. By partnering with 7 Hills,
Dr. Butsch Kovacic hopes to better understand how the environment and exposures
to common pollutants in the air from traffic and tobacco smoke as well as
dietary factors influence health and disease (i.e. asthma).
Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center participates in the Annual HopeFest event held
at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. The event, which consist of Health and Educational
Professionals from several different organizations are on site to answer
questions and provide services to families in need. The health experts at HopeFest screen and distribute
information on asthma, mental health, preventing injuries, childhood obesity
& diabetes, nutrition, speech & hearing. The Asthma Research Division organizes the
health screening booths provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical
Center and provides health screenings to over 200 children. The event is sponsored by the advocacy group;
Consider the Poor and New Life Covenant Cincinnati.
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