REACH U.S. SEA-CEED
Legacy Projects (LPs) are non-renewable start-up grants provided by the Southeastern African American Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (SEA-CEED) in Diabetes. The purpose of this small grant program is to support and empower communities that are currently working on local solutions to eliminate health disparities, specifically related to diabetes prevention and control and associated hypertension, stroke and amputation risk factors in African Americans.
The long-term goals for the LPs are to help build the capacity within the affected community and support self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to decrease health disparities and improve quality of life for African Americans at risk or with diabetes. Because of the high prevalence of complications of diabetes related to hypertension, stroke and amputations, outcomes should be focused on efforts to reduce at least one of these complications.
The emphasis for 2011-2012 is on policy and systems changes at the local, state, and regional levels. Preference will be given to groups with strong linkages between local communities and national groups who have a potential for sustainability and replication in other communities.
LP funding must address the goal to decrease health disparities for African American communities at risk or with diabetes. To receive funding, applications must be consistent with the overall goals of SEA-CEED. Legacy funds will support activities that may consist of, but are not limited to the following:
- conducting a community needs assessment with an emphasis on identifying needed policy and systems changes to improve diabetes-related disparities;
- conducting community asset mapping with an emphasis on identifying assets to implement needed policy and systems changes to improve diabetes-related disparities
- training or skill enhancements to implement needed policy and systems changes to improve diabetes-related disparities and related social determinants of health
- initiation of relevant community-based or systems level activities for implementing policy and systems changes across multiple organizations
- production, reporting, and dissemination of evidence or practice-based approaches for implementing policy and systems changes across multiple organizations in a specific area (e.g. ways to improve care for African Americans at risk or with diabetes and can include physical activity and nutrition)
- development or use of programs, tools, or educational activities to decrease disparities for African Americans at risk or with diabetes with an emphasis on policy and systems changes across multiple organizations or sites.