244690 Community-Based Organizations as Healthy Learning Environments

Monday, October 31, 2011: 4:50 PM

LeConte Dill, DrPH, MPH , Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Regina Jackson , East Oakland Youth Development Center, Oakland, CA
The East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) is a community-based, youth-serving organization committed to attending to the emotional, physical, intellectual, and economic well-being of the youth in the East Oakland community for the last 33 years. A community-based participatory research partnership conducted with EOYDC entitled “My Identity is Community (MiC)” explores EOYDC as a site of healthy learning for youth of color who are participants there. Active involvement in EOYDC's programming, cultivation as “youth leaders,” and participation in a qualitative research study empowered the youth to produce poetic texts that make sense of their lives and their home, school, and neighborhood environments. Poetry, and other expressive mechanisms, has been shown to draw out powerful emotions from historically underrepresented groups that other methodologies might not be able to capture. As co-researchers in the study, the young people are acknowledged as “experts” of issues pertaining to their own neighborhood. Additionally, the importance of EOYDC in providing institutional support to the lives of the young people, in the form of caring adult role models, dynamic programming, and a safe space, lends promise to the role that other community-based and youth-serving organizations may have in promoting healthy development.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process of forming a community-based and -engaged research partnership. Discuss the role of community-based organizations in creating healthy learning environments. Identify the utility of narrative analysis for public health research.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a DrPH, an MPH in Community Health Sciences, and over 13 years of experience in applied public health, community engagement, and youth development research and practice.
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.