Care system assessment demonstration project, Palm Beach County, Florida: methodology, findings, and recommendations

J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2007 Aug;18(3 Suppl):79-104. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2007.0076.


Palm Beach County, Florida was one of three sites selected nationally for the Care System Assessment Demonstration Project. The special focus of the Palm Beach project was Black women (both U.S.-born and foreign-born). The CSAD consists of two complementary components: (1) Rapid Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (RARE), which examines the research topic from the perspectives of the affected population (i.e., HIV-positive Black women who are not in care); and (2) Care System Assessment, which examines the research topic from the perspectives of people within the HIV/AIDS care system (e.g., health care providers, planners, HIV-positive Black women in care). This article presents the methods, findings, and recommendations from the Palm Beach County site.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Community Health Planning / methods*
  • Cultural Competency
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • Focus Groups
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / ethnology*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Minority Groups / psychology*
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Research
  • Time Factors
  • United States / epidemiology