250400 Theory to Practice: Using Community-Based Service Learning to Enhance Community Resilience in Urban Neighborhoods

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:30 PM

Randy Rowel, PhD , School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
The term “resilience” is encountered in many disciplines. Each discipline may emphasize different elements of resilience, but all definitions speak generally to the continued ability of a person, group, or system to function during and after stress. A well functioning community composed of healthy members with a high quality of life is more likely to possess the ability to adapt to adversity. The presenter co-authored a publication on community resilience that was recently published by the National Academies of Science. The conceptual model for this study consists of 6 components that contribute to community resilience. Using this and our Community Health Approaches to Mobilizing Partnerships model as a guide, students enrolled in a graduate class offered in an urban public health program were involved in two projects: one to assist a neighborhood association with planning and implementing an after school program for middle school students and a second project to mobilize art makers to get involved with a social change initiative in their neighborhood. The projects required students to negotiate how to develop and implement an after school program and how to design and implement a focus group study to understand the role of art makers in creating community resilience. The estimated in-kind contribution to this effort over 6 semesters is $50,000. Outcomes resulting from this sustained partnership between academia and grassroots organizations were reported along with recommendations based on lessons learned from implementing this community-based service learning project.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe what academic and practice models guided this grass-roots urban initiative. 2. Describe six components of collaboration model to enhance community resilience. 3. Describe the community based service learning project and the role of faculty, students, and community partners. 4. Discuss how synergy and intermediate outcomes were achieved. 5. Discuss lessons learned from a faculty perspective.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Service Learning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a professor in an accredited public health program
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.