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  • By: NYSHealth
  • Date: May 2012
  • Priority Area: Special Projects Fund
  • Type: Grant Outcome Reports
  • Category: Grant Outcome Report
  • Document: Download
  • Grantee Name: National Urban League


Disparities in access to health care place a significant burden on the economic, social, and health status of African Americans. African Americans disproportionately suffer from the effects of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and others. For example, they are twice as likely to die from diabetes and 30% more likely to die from cancer or heart disease than whites. Nearly 90% of people with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes are overweight. Because approximately 80% of African-American women are overweight or obese, they are at an especially high risk for diabetes. With NYSHealth’s support, the National Urban League (NUL) implemented and evaluated “Remarkable Woman: That’s You!” a community-based model aimed at reducing obesity and diabetes among African-American women living in the Buffalo area.

Grant Goals:

NUL hoped to achieve the following goals:

  • Promote healthy lifestyles among 54 African-American women by increasing their knowledge, improving their outlook, and engaging them in healthy behaviors;
  • Encourage African-American women to access health care and supportive community services.
  • Establish community partnerships and advocacy approaches to influence public policies about health issues affecting underserved and underrepresented communities.

Grant Outcomes:

NUL accomplished the following:

  • Developed the “Remarkable Woman: That’s You!” curriculum, implementation, and evaluation manuals.
  • Trained the community health workers.
  • Facilitated focus groups and interviewed key informants.
  • Assisted NUL’s Buffalo affiliate office on strategies to achieve milestones.
  • Provided training and technical assistance to NUL affiliates at annual trainings.
  • Supplied materials and research for additional curriculum areas.
  • Enrolled 126 African-American women in “Remarkable Woman: That’s You!”

NUL staff concluded, “During the six-week intervention, participants dramatically improved their knowledge of curriculum topics, increased exercise levels, decreased obesity and overweight status, decreased hypertension, and continued to see a primary care physician to address health care issues.”

Grantee Information:

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