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A closer look at community collaboration: Member engagement and group action

Joshua Yang, PhD, MPH1, Steven Wallace, PhD1, Astrid Hendricks-Smith2, and Bonnie Midura2. (1) UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90024, (310) 794-0544, j.yang@ucla.edu, (2) The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

As community collaborative partnerships become increasingly popular strategies for community health planning and policy formation, models to guide their development have begun to emerge. An aspect of community collaboration development common to all models is the need to engage collaborative members and develop and implement strategies. In practice, however, few tangible strategies to achieve these objectives have been recommended. We propose a set of strategies for collaborations to use to increase member engagement and facilitate group action based on an evaluation of the LA Collaborative in Los Angeles County. Conceptualized as a planning table for safety-net health services, the LA Collaborative faces a unique set of challenges that planning within the context of Los Angeles County has presented, including the diversity and number of key stakeholders and tenuous fiscal condition of the county government. The evaluation of the LA Collaborative includes interviews with participants and non-participants that address structural changes the collaborative can undergo to increase member participation group action. Results of the evaluation include both interpersonal and structural strategies to increase participation and group action, including defining a clearer vision, nurturing key relationships, and reorganizing governance. These results are strategies that many different types of collaborative partnerships can utilize to increase member engagement and group action.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner) in this session will be able to

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The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA