250413 Voices from the Community

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 1:30 PM

Randy Rowel, PhD , School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Ashley Milburn , School of Communty Health and Policy, Culture Works, Baltimore, MD
Denise Johnson, MS , School of Communty Health and Policy, Culture Works, Baltimore
During the past 2 years, the Pen Lucy Neighborhood Association and Culture Works partnered with MSU School of Community Health and Policy (SHCP) to improve the health of their community. This partnership involved students enrolled in a Community Needs and Solutions class offered through an accredited HBCU public health program. The partnership between academia and these grassroots organizations grew out of a commitment by the instructor to engage students in community service learning for a minimum of 3 years. For the Pen Lucy this partnership led to the development of a detailed community profile document, a youth forum to identify needs and assets, and the development and implementation of an after school program for middle school students. Culture Works is a community-driven grassroots social change organization rooted in the conviction that art and culture transforms communities. Culture Works was organized to reunite predominately-black neighborhoods torn apart by a governmental highway construction project that displaced 19,000 people before coming to a dead end after 1.5 miles, creating what is known today as the “Highway to Nowhere.”After expressing an interest to create a resilient community, a partnership was formed to assist Culture Works with mobilizing art makers in West Baltimore. Through this partnership focus groups were conducted with art makers to understand barriers to art making and how they perceived their role in creating a resilient community. Community leaders also developed recommendations to help academic leaders and students, public health planners, administrators, policymakers, and planners work more efficiently with grassroots organizations.

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

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe their organizations and services provided 2. Discuss benefits and challenges of forming and maintaining academic partnerships 3. Describe the impact the project had on creating other partnerships 4. Discuss recommendations to stakeholders. 5. Reflect and discuss lessons learned for the perspective of grassroots community leaders

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Service Learning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Ashley has a masters degree, director in the community based organization.He has worked extensively in studying the voices from the community and cultural and social changes in the community.
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.