Online Program

Success is possible: A community/academic partnership to decrease childhood injury

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Angela Recktenwald, MPH, National Headquarters, Nurses for Newborns, St. Louis, MO
Nancy Weaver, PhD, MS, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice, St. Louis, MO
Ronald Tompkins, Headquarters, Nurses for Newborns Foundation, St. Louis, MO
Keri Jupka, MPH, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice, Saint Louis, MO
Maia Elkana, MSW, Headquarters, Nurses for Newborns Foundation, St. Louis, MO
Background: A main tenet of community-based research is engagement and partnership with community representatives and stakeholders. By uniting strengths, resources and knowledge, there is an opportunity for identifying unique and effective solutions and decreasing the “bench-to-bedside” time lag. Unfortunately, building such partnerships can be an elusive goal.

Methods: Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice (SLU) and Nurses for Newborns (NFN), a grassroots community organization, collaborated to integrate an evidence-based childhood injury assessment program into the nursing home visitation model. Results: Pilot results indicated that integration of the program could be successful in reducing injury risk with minimal changes to the service delivery model. However, during the project, both SLU and NFN were challenged with the complexities of university versus community environment, culture and expectations as well as standard programmatic barriers such as adequate funds and time, staff turnover and staff resistance to change. Of all the lessons learned, four stood out as major influencers of a successful partnership; (1) plan for and address resource limitation and competing priorities, (2) establish trust and empowerment for all partners, (3) communication is key and consists of more than exchanging information, and (4) enjoy and expand the relationship.

Conclusions: The relationship built between NFN and SLU researchers is an example of how deliberate consideration, planning, and strategizing can produce mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
List the challenges experienced while building a partnership between academic researchers and a community based group. Identify strategies used to overcome partnership challenges. Demonstrate how strategies applied to challenges can result in a mutually beneficial partnership between academic researchers and a community-based group.

Keyword(s): Community Collaboration, Home Visiting

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the co-principal investigator of the research project that instigated the community/university relationship presented in this presentation. I have been the principal or co-principal investigator, as a community partner, on several federal and locally funded research and evaluation projects. In addition, as the Research Director for a grassroots community organization, I have successfully convened a research advisory council comprised of organization leadership and research partners from four accredited universities.
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.