227313 Lessons learned in partnerships and social change: Community Alliance for Research Empowering Social change (CARES)

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Jewel D. Stafford, MSW , Graduate Program in Public Health/ Department of Preventive Medicine, Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research, Stony Brook, NY
Melody S. Goodman, PhD , Graduate Program in Public Health/ Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University - School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
The Community Alliance for Research Empowering Social change (CARES) is an academic community based partnership with a shared vision to improve population health outcomes and reduce the health disparities impacting minority and medically underserved populations on Long Island. Development and facilitation of this collaborative network required strategic planning, community engagement, community mobilization and community organization. The Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research leveraged the power of partnerships, and harnessed synergy among community stakeholders and academic faculty to: assess and elucidate priority health concerns; secure NIH grant funding; facilitate evidence based public health research trainings for community members to form a community based research network and develop an infrastructure for CBPR.

This comprehensive training and multifaceted approach produced a paradigm shift, placing an emphasis on a community driven research agenda; created a pool of community members that can serve on community research advisory boards; enhanced community knowledge and understanding of research; and united key academic community stakeholders into a comprehensive community based research network.

Academic-community partnerships are both challenging and rewarding. We developed a flexible framework that facilitated community engagement, partnership development and activated social change in our region. Community liaisons, outreach workers and engaged scholars play a crucial role in the development of trust. A consistent presence, mutual benefits and institutional faculty/staff buy in are essential characteristics for community stakeholders' engagement and serve as the catalyst for social action and social change. This community approach has been effective in mobilizing communities to engage in CBPR.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the academic-community framework, characteristics and guiding principles necessary to enhance CBPR capacity building for social change 2. Discuss the lessons learned and opportunities to empower communities to develop solutions for reducing health disparities 3. Decribe how to achieve the balance between community driven agendas and institutional demands.

Keywords: Community Education, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Manager for the grant entitled Community Alliance For Research Empowering Social change(CARES). I am also the Research Coordinator for the Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research at Stony Brook Univeristy. I am a social worker and hold a faculty position in the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University.
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.

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