Online Program

Leveraging academic and community resources to build effective partnerships

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Margaret Hadinger, MS, Division of Education Office of Student Affairs, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA
Mary Ellen T. Miller, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing and Health, De Sales University, Center Valley, PA
Community partnerships are essential for planning, implementing and evaluating community based programs. However, no fixed blueprint exists regarding the steps needed to build, maintain and mend these vital relationships. This paper describes a decade long relationship between a school of nursing and a major health center in northeastern Pennsylvania. This relationship has strengthened innovative educational approaches to introduce both undergraduate and graduate nursing students to underserved, vulnerable populations during the traditional academic semesters. Within the last five years, this partnership has evolved to include a summer interdisciplinary internship opportunity for students. After introducing one partnership as an exemplar, this session utilizes Appreciative Inquiry to engage participants in discussing how best to leverage their own community's resources to build effective partnerships. The discussion will highlight challenges and opportunities that such partnerships present, such as strategies to mend bonds when necessary, how to celebrate shared successes, and how best to pool resources across institutions.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Discuss benefits of innovative community and academic partnerships for students, faculty and community organizations. Identify potential opportunities to build and maintain effective partnerships.

Keyword(s): Nursing Education, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am responsible for student clinical and community based placements within the Lehigh Valley Health Network and several interdisciplinary healthcare programs in northeastern Pennsylvania. I have collaborated with my co-author for the past 5 years on a summer interdisciplinary internship with undergraduate and graduate students.
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.