Overview of Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Closing the Gap Program - Cardiovascular Disease
During the 1999-2000 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature created and funded through the Patient Protection Act (HB2339) the Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Closing the Gap Act grant program to improve the health outcomes of Florida's racial and ethnic populations through community-based and neighborhood-based projects. Projects foster the development of coordinated, collaborative and broad-based participation by public and private entities and faith-based organizations to increase health promotion and disease prevention activities. More information about the program can be found at Office of Minority Health's Closing the Gap Program.
The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program provided assistance to the Office of Minority Health in the development of the application for funding packet, the selection of projects addressing cardiovascular health and the monitoring of projects selected for funding. Each project focuses on the Healthy People 2010 National Health Objectives known to significantly affect cardiovascular diseases: heart disease and stroke, nutrition and overweight, and physical fitness and activity. Social, environmental and policy change activities that build and support a community infrastructure to support health living are incorporated into all project work plans. Collaborative efforts with community partners are essential to the success of the funded projects in addressing racial and ethnic health disparities.
Projects have been funded since July 1, 2003. Six projects totaling $835,034 were funded July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007 after a request for application had been announced by the Office of Minority Health. These projects may be funded for up to three years during this grant cycle. The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program provides contract management and technical assistance to the following funded projects: