Online Program

Bronx community collaborative opportunities for research and education (Bronx C2ORE): Developing a research capacity-building model

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Barbara Salcedo, B.A., Community-Based Research Program, Urban Health Plan, Inc., Bronx, NY
Elizabeth A. Walker, PhD, RN, CDE, Einstein Diabetes Research & Training Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Paloma Hernandez, MS, MPH, Urban Health Plan, Inc., Bronx, NY
Eileen Leach, MPH, RN, Urban Health Plan, Inc., Bronx, NY
Bruce Rapkin, PhD, Division of Community Collaboration & Implementation Science, Albert College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Paul Meissner, MSPH, Office of the Medical Director for Research, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Over the past 2 1/2 years, Urban Health Plan, Inc., a network of federally qualified community health centers in the Bronx & Queens, NY, & Albert Einstein College of Medicine have forged a partnership to build sustainable capacity for community-based clinical research. BxC2ORE is NIH-funded by NIMHD and situated in urban poor neighborhoods. Seeking to create an equal union of an academic medical center PI with a community-based organization PI, the unique perspective from each of these partners will be discussed along with innovative methods used to address challenges that arose during the course of the partnership. These challenges include: communicating in a common language - clinical practice vs. academic practice; gaining consensus on priorities for clinical research training and research project selection; capitalizing on strengths of each institution; sustaining capacity and infrastructure. The success of this partnership may also be attributed to the joint funding of a community research associate who facilitated the project, developed documents to chronicle its infrastructure building, and assisted with the evaluation and replication of the model that is being developed. BxC2ORE also supports Einstein evaluation experts to assess and assist in work plan course correction when necessary. Despite the inherent challenges in developing a mutually beneficial academic-community partnership, BxC2ORE has created a partnership with sufficient infrastructure to be sustained past the current funding. We will share lessons learned from three years of collaboration, as well as our interim partnership evaluation and tangible outcomes achieved.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the infrastructure necessary to promote an effective community-academic partnership. Demonstrate a stepped approach requuired for a comprehensive and culturally competent community based clinical research training program for delivery to busy practitioners and lay community members. Discuss the social-ecological framework to better understand effective collaboration between community and academic partners to address health equity.

Keyword(s): Research, Community Capacity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the community research associate for the community-academic collaboration. I have almost 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit field in facilitating continuous quality services to the community served by my employer institutions. During the last six years, I have focused my efforts in improving the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved communities by facilitating, training and leading quality improvement clinical and operational teams focused on improving health outcomes within our 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.