ASPI

Alabama State Partnership Initiative to Address Health Disparities (ASPI)

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes mellitus cause serious mortality and morbidity in Alabama, with CVD being the number one cause of death in the state. The Alabama State Partnership Initiative to Address Health Disparities (ASPI), through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, provides the State Office of Minority Health (SOMH) the opportunity to implement strategies to aid in positive behavior change to address risk factors including weight status, physical activity, diet, hypertension, high cholesterol, and smoking.

These risk factors cause serious concern in Alabama, as the state has a high rate of obesity and a large, and growing, prevalence of high blood pressure. In addition, national findings reveal that significant geographic, income, racial, and ethnic disparities persist. Those disparities are reflected in Alabama, especially in the prevalence of obesity and hypertension, which varies widely by race and ethnicity, as well as socio-economic status. Four geographic areas in Alabama that represent “hot spots” for these various controllable risk factors for CVD and diabetes were identified by the SOMH, including the cities of Demopolis, Greensboro, Livingston, and Tuscaloosa.

The SOMH strives to identify the health concerns of the minority populations living in Alabama in order to give everyone an opportunity to live a long, healthy, and productive life. To this end, ASPI provides the SOMH with an opportunity to focus on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity among minority populations and improve access to healthcare services in these hot spot areas. The minority populations to be impacted by this project are African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Asian Americans within the areas of Demopolis, Greensboro, Livingston, and Tuscaloosa. The SOMH anticipates that the ASPI  will greatly expand the knowledge and awareness of the health disparities that exist among minority populations living in the selected four hot spot communities, leading to an expansion and creation of health policies and specific strategies to eliminate such disparities. The overarching goal of this project is to enhance SOMH’s capacity to plan, develop and implement activities which will improve nutrition, physical activity, and obesity among minority populations and improve access to healthcare services.

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