The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Center for Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities will serve as a national center for the elimination of health disparities in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes within the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population by working with urban Indian clinics organizations that serve this population. Multi-level interventions will engage these health disparities and focus on developing best practices for positive change at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community and public policy levels.
In September 2007, the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz were awarded a cooperative agreement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the objective of reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes risk among urban American Indians and Alaska Natives. Our project represents one of 18 CDC Centers of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities (CEED) funded as part of the REACH U.S. initiative.
The CEED project involves the implementation of a comprehensive CVD/diabetes risk reduction program. This program includes: a public awareness campaign aimed at CVD risk and risk reduction; in-service trainings for urban Indian clinic providers focused on diagnosing CVD risk and encouraging patients to reduce their CVD risk through motivational interviewing and patient education using the Honoring the Gift of Heart Health curriculum; training and dissemination of risk reduction interventions with urban Indian clinics nationwide; and Legacy Projects to support urban Indian clinics as they implement CVD risk reduction activities in their local communities.