263015 Community Engagement in Building a Clinic and Community Garden in South L.A

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Eric Wat , Special Service for Groups, Los Angeles, CA
Alexis Moreno, MAUP , Research and Evaluation Unit, Special Service for Groups, Los Angeles, CA
In South L.A., UMMA Community Clinic and Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust are working together to develop a school-based clinic and community garden at Fremont High School. Special Service for Groups (SSG) was contracted in Spring 2011 to conduct a community assessment to develop both programming and operations recommendations for this joint project. Our assessment was initially met with both enthusiasm and skepticism by the community. Community members were excited about new resources coming into their neighborhood. At the same time, there is a history of neglect and broken promises as well as local politics that have to be taken into consideration. To ensure the legitimacy of our research, we worked with a group of students and adult community members (separately) to implement a mixed-methods approach. The methods included: 10 focus groups, 14 key informant interviews, 1 adult survey (189 participants), 1 student survey (579 participants), and participatory photography. A findings report was presented to both UMMA and the Land Trust in Winter 2011, with community recommendations in 10 major areas. Currently, the collaborators are making plans to continue community engagement that began with this research process.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
(1) describe how to obtain buy-in from community members in a community-engaged research projects and training community members in research concepts and methods (2) describe using community organizing and popular education methods to increase community participation during and beyond the research process (3) describe how to negotiate with community members about actionable recommendations.

Keywords: Community Research, Community-Based Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I designed and led the youth engagement component of the community assessment. I have worked in youth civic engagement for over a decade. My areas of practice include community organizing, civic engagement, leadership and community development.
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.