Health DisparitiesWith health care access becoming more inequitable and disparities in health outcomes widening, American policymakers are increasingly aware that individual-based approaches are having limited impact in solving those problems. Population-based solutions – derived from an understanding of the social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants that shape health-related behavior – promise to help narrow the gaps. That approach gets at the many, interrelated root causes that perpetuate health disparities and points to multi-sector, collaborative strategies that can rectify them.
JSI has been working to reduce health inequality for more than 30 years. Emphasizing the potential of interdisciplinary collaboration to eliminate health disparities, JSI assists state and federal governments and communities to extend health care to underserved people, including, but not limited to, members of racial and ethnic minorities and those with limited English proficiency or who are under-educated or developmentally challenged.
JSI helps to develop preventive strategies that support communities in mobilizing and fostering change to eliminate health disparities. In that work JSI offers cultural and gender appropriate services related to health topics like substance abuse, cancer and HIV prevention, and maternal and child health. The work encompasses assistance with data collection and evaluation, program development, training, capacity building, reporting and funding-proposal development.
JSI will conduct formative research and develop a social marketing campaign to reduce SIDS in VT.
Through the Center, JSI supports RWHAP recipients through national and targeted training and technical assistance strategies and development and dissemination of best practices and supporting resources.
JSI conducted an assessment in San Jose, California, that identified food access resources and needs for two target populations: homeless individuals and low-income seniors.
JSI works with CDC to provide capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations across the U.S. to support CDC’s high-impact approach to HIV prevention for populations who need it most.
JSI works with the state of Rhode Island to identify performance measures to better understand Maternal and Child Health disparities and the impact of such disparities across the life course.
JSI is conducting a community assessment to identify needs, priorities, and barriers to care and will offer recommendations to advance prevention activities, ensure appropriate screening, and improve access to culturally-competent high-quality care.
JSI designed and implemented the program evaluation for Entre Nosotras, a peer-led intervention to reduce the inequitable impact of HIV, hepatitis, and substance abuse on young-adult African-American and Latina women in Boston.
To ensure that the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange increases access to affordable, high quality health insurance, JSI conducted focus groups to gather consumer perceptions, wants, and needs to guide design and implementation of the Exchange.
The Massachusetts Asthma Prevention and Control Program is conducting program evaluation activities, including developing a comprehensive, five-year evaluation plan, with JSI guidance.
JSI will provide capacity building assistance to Project HOPE grantees working to reduce HIV among women and girls through the integration of gender responsive approaches into HIV prevention.
NH immunization rates are high, but pockets of disparity still pose a challenge. JSI worked with the NH Immunization Program to increase immunization rates of adolescents and adults by promoting awareness of the benefits of vaccines and immunizations.
JSI conducted focus groups with Latinas from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to find out about traditional practices and products they use for reproductive health and to validate beneficial practices and those that don't work or may be harmful.
To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.
JSI manages the AIDS.gov project, which aims to reduce HIV infection, increase testing, and improve early access to care by promoting federal policies and programs through social media channels, including blogs, Twitter, video, and Facebook.