243170 Measuring coalition functioning in community-based partnerships through core indicators

Monday, October 31, 2011

Laura Wyatt, MPH , Center for the Study of Asian American Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH , Center for the Study of Asian American Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Ada Wilkinson-Lee, PhD , National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Angela Sy, DrPH , Office of Public Health Studies, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Annette E. Maxwell, DrPH , Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Dianne L. Kerr, PhD, MCHES , Health Education and Promotion, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Jacqueline Tran, MPH , Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Garden Grove, CA
Joyce J. Guinyard, DC , School of Public Health, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Theresa Wynn, PhD , Division of Preventive Medicine, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Craig Holden, MSW , Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
Nancy VanDevanter, DrPH, RN , New York University College of Nursing, New York, NY
Background/Significance: There is growing recognition that community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a viable approach for addressing health disparities. The CDC REACH U.S. program supports coalitions engaged in CBPR to eliminate health disparities among underserved communities, and the ability for collaborators to function effectively is intrinsic to coalition goals. Methods: In Spring 2010, core questions for the REACH U.S. grantee partnership survey were collaboratively identified to assess partnership areas including trust, decision-making, and impact, in addition to socio-demographics and partnership information (e.g. coalition size). Descriptive statistics and means of Likert scaled items are computed, and psychometric characteristics of each measurement scale are analyzed. Cronbach's alphas assess the internal consistency of each construct. Results: Eight coalitions administered the survey; to date, 64 responses from 4 coalitions have been collected. Ninety-two percent of respondents were female, and 56% had been a coalition member for more than 2 years. Sixty-three percent believed that members' capacity to work well together in the past year had increased; 75% of individuals agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with coalition progress in the past year. Subsequent analysis will include responses from additional coalitions, and psychometric properties of the measurement scales will be examined. Discussion/Conclusions: This partnership assessment will inform the extent that this survey can be used by community-academic coalitions to evaluate their health partnerships. Future administrations will add data and allow us to describe how scale constructs change over time.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
To identify core questions used to measure and evaluate a national CDC REACH U.S. community-based partnership; To describe factors related to overall satisfaction within a national community-based partnership comprised of eight sub-coalitions

Keywords: Partnerships, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conduct analysis for programs on disease prevention and health education, and I am involved in research on community health.
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.