Online Program

Cbpr's importance and critical role in research as evidenced in “my sister's keeper”: A CBPR coalition to strengthen maternal mental health and family resilience in a southern, urban, low income community

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Robin Gaines Lanzi, PhD, MPH, Department of Health Behavior, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Sheila Tyson, Friends of West End, Birmingham Community Advisory Board, Birmingham, AL
Susan L. Davies, PhD, School of Public Health/Department of Health Behavior, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Depression among women in the US is common, expensive, and often undertreated, reducing significantly one's level of functioning and quality of life. A dearth of relevant programs coupled with heightened stigma in the African American community inhibits depressed mothers from seeking social support and/or treatment. Academic researchers and community residents formed a coalition to address these issues. Formative research methods were used to identify the most salient factors contributing to mental health functioning of women in an urban southern community. The purpose of the proposed presentation is three-fold: (1) describe our successful community-partnered strategy (including guiding framework and principles); (2) illustrate best practices that emanated from our lessons learned through this community-partnered process; and (3) highlight significant local community organizational policy changes that are taking place as a direct result of this community-based participatory research. Examples include: the local health department initiating maternal depression screens; libraries providing significant space for resource and referral information on maternal depression; a county-wide conference planned by the Children's Policy Council to address the mental health needs of mothers. Throughout this process, the importance of and critical role of community partners in community based public health was clear. None of these changes would have happened without the trailblazing efforts of our community partner who served many roles including pioneer (the first ever to have such impact), innovator (the creative new ways of making things happen), initiator (ideas, plans, strategies were from the community), architect (making things happen in the right place at the right time).

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the importance of community involvement in research Discuss the role of community partners in community based public health Identify the impact on the community organizational policies

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Executive Director of Friends of West End (FWE), the community based partner organization for the Community Health Scholar’s pilot grant sponsored by the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health. Our project takes place in the West End community. I have valuable expertise in community assessment methods and coalition building, and am one of West End’s most active community leaders. I co-led the project in all aspects.
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.