223740 A community-academic-medical partnership's view of racial justice forms at the crossroads of institutions' view of diversity and community engagement

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 5:22 PM - 5:35 PM

Donna J. Biederman, RN, MN , Department of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Nora Jones, MEd , The Partnership Project, Greensboro, NC
Christina Hardy, MPH , Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention / NC TraCS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Nettie Coad , The Partnership Project, Greensboro, NC
Eugenia Eng, MPH, DrPH , Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer Schaal, MD , Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, Greensboro, NC
Turner Wiley , The Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, Greensboro, NC
For more than six years, our community-medical-academic partnership has worked together to address priority health disparities in Greensboro, NC. The Institute of Medicine's Unequal Treatment report, and their urgent call for further research on health disparities, was the impetus for our formation. Our partnership, The Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative (GHDC), began a journey to investigate how social and racial justice can be achieved through exposing and dismantling institutional racism pervasive in health care systems. Our partnership is built on the foundation of values, concepts, and principles of Undoing Racismô, a prerequisite training required of all GHDC members. This foundation builds trust among members and provides a common ground for racial justice to inform current public health approaches to increase cultural competence among practitioners and community engagement among researchers. The Collaborative is committed to achieving social justice as evidenced by our struggle through federally- and locally-funded research and intervention initiatives to define racial justice as a foundation for healthy living. The goal of this presentation is to explain how and why current institutional views on cultural competence and community engagement would benefit from incorporating GHDC's view of dismantling barriers to trust.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
1. By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify common ground for racial justice to improve current public health approaches to cultural competence among practitioners and community engagement among researchers. 2. By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to articulate the benefits and challenges of sustaining a community-academic-medical research partnership that is based on the values, concepts, and principles of Undoing Racismô.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an active member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative and am knowledgeable about the work of the group
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.