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Our Mission
Reduce diabetes and cardiovascular disease among Latinos in Kansas City/Wyandotte County through a collaborative partnership to promote healthy nutrition, physical activity, and access to health services.

Background
The Latino Health for All Coalition began in fall of 2008, to engage community partners in reducing disparities in health outcomes related to diabetes and other chronic diseases among Latinos in Kansas City/Wyandotte County. The National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) awarded the University of Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development (KU Work Group) a five-year grant to support efforts to address these health disparities. The KU Work Group, University of Kansas Medical Center, and El Centro, Inc. are working with local partners to address these important health issues in the Latino community by promoting healthy nutrition, physical activity, and access to health services.

Many groups have been working for years in Kansas City/Wyandotte County to address the health disparities in the Latino community. The Latino Health for All Coalition creates opportunities for working together to improve health for All Latinos in Kansas City/Wyandotte County. All are welcome to participate in the Coalition.

What is involved in the Latino Health for All Coalition?
The Latino Health for All Coalition will help build a collaborative partnership in the Latino community in Kansas City to reduce health disparities by promoting healthy nutrition, physical activity, and access to health services. The Latino Health for All Project will involve all parts of the community as full partners. The group will make decisions about resources for action committees for healthy nutrition, physical activity, and access to health services. A full-time community mobilizer (based at El Centro, Inc.) and resources for mini-grants ($125,000 each year) will be available to implement the Community Action Plan that the action committees devise.

Organizational Structure
The Partnership is comprised of Action Committees and an elected Community Action Board (CAB) which oversees the Action Committees and the mini-grant process. Action Committees are divided into three main goal areas of the Partnership (healthy nutrition, physical activity, and access to health services).

Sub-committees of these Action Committees are emerging around media and policy, neighborhood involvement and health education, and sustainability. Each Action Committee is guided by a Chair and Co-Chair.

Action Planning
On Nov 1st, 2008, community stakeholders, from various sectors, came together to identify priority strategies for change that will guide the development of the Coalition’s health for all action plan. These community-determined priority strategies guide the annual distribution of mini-grant funds to local organizations that can implement these new or expanded programs and policies.