RAMP is a Center of Excellence in Eliminating Disparities as designated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
RAMP has been designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Center for Excellence in Eliminating Disparities (CEED). Since late 2007, we have been expanding and focusing our work in new ways to reduce the inequities in African American and Latino communities in the Bay Area and beyond.
Although asthma affects Americans of all ages, races, and ethnic groups, some populations are disproportionately impacted by the disease. In particular, African Americans have the highest asthma rates (1 in 5 has been diagnosed with asthma) and the number of Latinos diagnosed with asthma (1.4 million) is greater than any other minority group in the state. As a CEED, RAMP recognizes that in order to address these disparities we have to look at the root causes. RAMP is committed to taking additional actions to address the environmental and social inequities that contribute to the disproportionate burden of asthma in the African American and Latino communities.
These actions include working to reduce disparities in the areas of exposure to environmental triggers, access to culturally competent and quality care, and support for asthma management. RAMP will utilize its core strategies to change policies, systems, and environments that contribute to and maintain the multitude of inequities that contribute to asthma disparities. By reducing asthma disparities, RAMP strives to impact health outcomes related to the effects of poorly controlled asthma and the new onset of asthma in otherwise healthy people.
As a Center of Excellence, one of RAMP’s objectives is to strengthen and expand its partnerships and provide pilot funding to organizations to encourage building community capacity and organizational development strategies that initiate or enhance efforts towards reducing health disparities. RAMP is reaching that objective with the Legacy Grants Program; three one-year, one-time only grants ranging from $25,000 -$30,000 will be awarded annually to support effective strategies for reducing disparities among African American and Latino communities. RAMP will award the funds subject to availability and provide technical assistance to the Legacy Grantees.
One of RAMP’s objectives as a CEED is to provide resources for those interested in knowing more about the social determinants of health and inequities that make asthma a chronic disease that disproportionately affects African Americans, Latinos, and other communities of color. RAMP is reaching that objective with this inequities clearinghouse. If you have information you would like us to add to the clearinghouse, please send it to us for consideration. Select one of the following categories to learn more:
Health Inequities: Asthma Inequities:
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