142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Building a bridge for community-academic engagement: The maternal and child health research consortium

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marjie Mogul, MBA, PhD , Department of Research and Evaluation, Maternity Care Coalition, Philadelphia, PA

Developing capacity in the larger community to lead effective dissemination of evidence-based interventions into local communities is critical in solving public health problems. Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), collaborating with academic researchers, can effectively develop, test and disseminate valuable public health interventions. Maternity Care Coalition (MCC), a CBO with deep roots in local communities and a mission to “improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities”, recognized the importance of research and established a research department.


 In 2006, MCC obtained foundation support and hired a full-time Ph.D. level Research Director to develop a research agenda addressing the needs of pregnant and parenting women in low income communities in the Philadelphia area.  Interest from academic partners led MCC to establish the Maternal and Child Health Consortium to facilitate Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and “build a bridge” between research and the community.


The Consortium has grown to approximately 40 members from more than ten universities, leading to the implementation of CBPR projects, including prison reentry and perinatal depression, with the organization “owning” the process. Collaborations have led to four NIH grant applications; one successful and another under review with the Research Director serving as Principal Investigator.


The CBO plans to expand the Consortium and develop working groups targeted to topics related to its mission. MCC has demonstrated that a CBO can establish successful community-academic partnerships and lead CBPR projects that advance the development and application of effective public health interventions.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
describe the development of a research agenda in a community-based organization discuss the role a community-based organization can play in research demonstrate the potential benefits of community led research projects

Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I created and lead the maternal and child health research consortium. I have a Ph.D. in Social Work and have spent eight years as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the community agency hosting the consortium.
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.