Race and ethnicity
A faith-based exercise program run through churches increased levels of physical activity and reduced blood pressure and pain levels in older African-American women.
Culturally competent community liaisons help members of the Orthodox Jewish, Arab, and Chinese communities access health care and community-based services, leading to a better patient experience.
A free, online personal health record assists diabetes patients and their clinicians in monitoring key clinical indicators, communicating during and between office visits, and sharing information with other relevant individuals, leading to enhanced levels of patient engagement and improved blood glucose control.
A low-overhead clinic enhances access to a broad array of culturally competent, low-cost conventional and alternative medicine services for underinsured, uninsured, and immigrant populations.
Trained barbers provide ongoing blood pressure monitoring, education, and referral support to African-American male patrons, leading to improved treatment rates and blood pressure control in hypertensive patrons.
An inner-city breast examination center serving low-income, minority women educates patients about colorectal cancer screening and assists them in getting a colonoscopy screening test, leading to enhanced interest in and access to such screening.
Trained dental practitioners in public health centers offered cessation assistance to low-income smokers as part of routine oral health visits in public health centers, leading to higher quit rates (especially among African-American smokers).
The Santa Clara Family Health Plan encouraged health care practitioners to document body mass index and to provide weight management consultations and referrals to obese adolescents during well visits. While the initiative did not have a major impact on practitioner behavior, it does offer insights into how to develop effective programs to address childhood obesity.
School-based, culturally appropriate therapy focused on dealing with trauma helps West African refugee children improve coping skills and academic performance.
A high school–based program provides culturally appropriate education and follow up support to Latino teenagers, leading to reduced likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors.