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Linking meaningful community outreach and engagement to...

research, education, training, and mentoring

The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities takes a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing gaps in access to quality health care and designing viable solutions to achieving health equity. One area of focus is developing outreach models that effectively engage diverse communities and increase their access to and utilization of health services. This video highlights the center’s inspirational and transformational work in mental health disparities and improving health outcomes in Solano County – and nationwide.

Achieving Health Equity
The United States is the most technologically advanced country in the world, spending more resources on health care than any other nation, yet not all citizens have equal access to quality health care. On average, racial and ethnic minorities are in poorer health, suffer worse health outcomes, and have higher morbidity and mortality rates than their white cohorts. Underrepresented minority and low-income populations experience disproportionately high (but avoidable) rates of preventable disease and premature death across many conditions. Such disparities can result in severe medical, social and economic consequences including increased mortality. It is in response to these inequities that the UC Davis Health established the Center for Reducing Health Disparities in 2005.
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Cultural Transformation Model

In 2016 Solano County Behavioral Health Division (SCBHD), partnered with UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD), to launch a multi-phase five-year community-initiated Mental Health Services Act Innovation project known as the Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Cultural Transformation Model (ICCTM).

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California Reducing Disparities Project

The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) is a statewide prevention and early intervention effort to reduce mental health disparities in underserved communities.

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Community Engagement

The Community Engagement program is a well-established resource linking investigators and community partners to implement the mission of building capacity and infrastructure for clinical and translational research.