Online Program

Mapping neighborhood needs by local voices: Community-academic partnership surveys in two NYC districts

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mary E. Lutz, DSW, MPH, Dept. of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, City College of NY, New York, NY
This presentation describes the process and results of an academic-community partnership having the goal to produce locally useful planning data based on the voiced needs of constituents. Results of two recent, representative community-based social/health research surveys , one in Brooklyn with over 500 participants and one in Manhattan with over 1000 participants are displayed in detailed maps. Working with local Community Boards (BkCB14, MnCB09) on specific questionnaire items, with the City College of New York institutional review board, PSC-CUNY --the union representing faculty/staff, with available survey and mapping technology, with commercial and public institutions, and dozens of adult student interviewers enrolled in service-learning courses, the two community-based surveys demonstrate a methodology that may be successfully and inexpensively replicated in other neighborhoods where timely census tract-level information is pertinent. For example, this includes scientific sampling for representative public opinion on such issues as placement of new afterschool resources, mental health or substance abuse treatment facilities, programs for the elderly or anti-violence programs. One lesson learned is the vital importance of responsibly communicating research results to the lay public and activists, besides to the Community Boards and committees. Another lesson learned is the community leadership's perceptions of need can be better informed by carefully analyzing the community's voices. Also, ethnic and religious diversity did not override consensus on top issues at the census tract level in these neighborhoods. For 2013-2014, the project is examining feasibility and sustainability for expanding the service-learning and academic-community partnerships to all New York City's 59 Community Districts.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate survey methods advantages and limits regarding community service planning Assess the cost-benefits of using service-learning interviewers in community-academic partnerships Name new technology applications used in efficiently conducting community surveys List steps involved in managing a community-based research project having an academic-community partnership component

Keyword(s): Survey, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My involvement and membership in APHA dates from 1981. My social and health research experience extends over three decades and includes principal, co-principal and associate research positions on studies and published evaluations for major health problems of our times: substance abuse, HIV risk factors, health disparities, and inadequate access to healthcare. I have been involved with community-based research for 25 years, and involved in surveys of NYC community districts for almost 10 years.
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.