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The NYU Institute of Community Health & Research Awarded CDC Grant to Establish National Center to Reduce HBV Disparities

October 01, 2007

The Center for the Study of Asian American Health within the Institute of Community Health and Research at the NYU Langone Medical Center has been awarded a five-year $4.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a national Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED).

The B Free Center for Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities (B Free CEED) will serve as a national resource and expert center on the elimination of hepatitis B health disparities among Asian & Pacific Islanders (API). Working in partnership with local and national agencies, community organizations, provider groups and community health centers, B Free CEED will develop and disseminate innovative approaches to educating, targeting and reducing the hepatitis B-related disparities affecting the health of APIs. Work will be developed locally in the metropolitan New York City area and applied nationally.

“In order to effectively reduce health disparities in New York and the United States, disparities research findings need to be translated into action; incumbent on this success is the development and appreciation of the role of community partners in the process,” states Mariano Rey, MD, Senior Associate Dean, and Director of the NYU Institute of Community Health and Research. “It is crucial to actively engage community partners and intimate collaborators with academic medicine to address the multi-level factors that contribute to health disparities.”

B Free CEED local partners include the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc, the Asian American Hepatitis B Program, American Cancer Society-Eastern Division, Asian Initiative, and Health and Hospital Corporation.

“Despite improvements in the overall health of the nation, health disparities remain one of the most important public health challenges of our time,” said Janet Collins, Ph.D., CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion director. “We are extremely excited about the new REACH award recipients because they offer a plethora of knowledge in addressing health disparities and their innovative approaches will help improve people’s health in our communities, health care settings, schools, and work sites.”

Through the CDC’s REACH U.S. initiative, 18 national and regional Centers of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEEDs) have been established throughout the country. The CEEDs will serve as national resource centers with expertise in specific ethnic populations and will train additional communities to further spread the impact of REACH activities.

Since 1999, the REACH program has demonstrated that fully engaging communities in health strategies that address the unique social, economic, and cultural circumstances of racial and ethnic minority groups can reduce health disparities. For more information about the REACH program, visit CDC’s Web site at www.cdc.gov/reach
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