Resource Center

Community Bulding: Community building is the process of improving the quality of life in a neighborhood by building capacity in neighborhood institutions, strengthening ties among residents, and developing individual capacities in order to work individually and collectively toward neighborhood change.

Social Capital: Social capital builds community strength and well being by allowing persons and communities to mobilize greater resources and achieve the common good. These qualities are often described as social connectivedness, social trust and community identify. The eight elements that appear to define social capital are:

1. Participation in the local community
2. Proactivity in a social context
3. Feelings of Trust and Safety
4. Neighborhood Connections
5. Family and Friends Connections
6. Tolerance of Diversity
7. Value of Life
8. Work connections

Inequality and Health: Inequality is the unequal dispersion of goods (i.e., income, consumption, political power) among populations. The pursuit of good health is both an obligation and a right. Fairness and equity are important to health because maintaining normal functioning contributes to opportunities for all and the fair distribution of goods.

Evaluation: These resources include search engines, clearinghouses, online forums, online libraries, databases, periodicals, and other information resources, weblinks, "WebClipper," toolboxes about medical and health care; advocacy and policy issues; grant writing and other grant-related items, data.

E-Philanthropy and Grantwriting

Minority Health

Maternal and Child Health

Multiculturalism: These resources include publications, videos, medical glossaries and profiles identifying health issues of ethnic minority people/communities. Some publications are available free; can be downloaded and printed using Acrobat; some others are for purchase.


Video Conferences and Webcasts

  • Research towards the Elimination of Health Disparities
    Social Determinants of Health: Implications for Intervening on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (Webcast)
    The Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic: The State of the Science and the Challenge to Public Health (Webcast- coming soon!)
    The State of the Science: Diabetes and Obesity in Women (Judith Fradkin, MD, NIH)
    Putting the Science into Action: The Asheville Project (John Miall, Risk Management)
    The National Diabetes and Women Action Plan (Michelle Owens, PhD, CDC-ODT)


Health and Welfare for Families in the 21st Century, Second Edition. Edited by Helen M. Wallace, MD, MPH, Gordon Green, MD, MPH, Kenneth Jaros, MSW, PhD In this completely revised and updated Second Edition of Health and Welfare for Families in the 21st Century, leaders in the maternal and child health field analyze the revolutionizing effect of changes occurring today in the social, educational, political, and economic aspects of family health care.

Children's Environmental Health: Reducing Risk in a Dangerous World
by Dona Schneider and Natalie Freeman
The health of our children is an enormously critical issue facing our society today. The toll of childhood death and disability extends well beyond the individual child to affect all of us. Children are more vulnerable than adults to all environmental threats. The authors of this book have empowered all readers by providing clear and understandable information about what are the environmental threats and what we can do to prevent them. The clear, concise focus is on what we all need to know to help children grow up to be healthy young adults.

Health Issues in the Black Community, 2nd Edition Edited by: Ronald L. Braithwaite, Sandra E. Taylor. In this thoroughly updated and revised edition of Health Issues in the Black Community, the editors offer an in-depth examination of the most pressing health problems confronting the black community. This book examines the specific health care needs of African Americans at the same time that it offers practical solutions and recommendations to ensure the well-being of members of this population. A must-read for health care professionals of all races.


Working Toward Our Goal - Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health