skip to nav skip to content

Project Details

Partnerships for Community Health (PACT) Unidos por la salud de la comunidad (UNIDOS)

Project Summary: 

PACT/UNIDOS is working with the residents of West and East Las Vegas and community groups to build partnerships, improve social capital, and improve community health through community engagement. Currently in the planning stages, the project is modeled on the microfinance programs for socioeconomic development sponsored by such organizations as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and United Nations. PACT/UNIDOS will provide funding to residents of West and East Las Vegas to lead or to participate in community engagement programs.

This initial project is intended as a start-up, proof of concept-demonstration project to: 1) demonstrate that the social theory of improving the quality and number of social networks can be successfully translated into community-based social engagement programs; and 2) demonstrate and document the feasibility of this public health translation project.

Policy, Practice or Research Impacts: 

It is well known that most interventions to promote health and prevent disease have had disappointing or unsustainable results: They are too narrow in scope, they do not involve a broad base of partners, and they do not address the social determinants of health. This research project incorporates all of these needed factors into a comprehensive, collaborative approach that addresses the social determinants of health.

Health Research for Action, UC Berkeley
Principal Investigators: 
Professor S. Leonard Syme, PhD; Constance Wang, PhD
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio
Location - States: