Capacity building through partnerships with academic institutes, health organizations, and the state health department
background: Community based participatory research (CBPR) involves community members in the research and program development process, building the capacity of the community to draw on its social capitol to address multifaceted problems. Recruiting community members to participate in CBPR projects can be daunting due to the lack of training or skills the community has in public health research terminology and theory. CBPR is advantageous for Mississippi's communities due to its social determinants of health contributing to health disparities. objective: The development of a partnership among academic institutes, health organizations, and the health department to develop and implement a 16 week training program on public health and research. methods: A steering committee was established from academic institutes and health organizations of the Jackson Metro Area and the state health department. The steering committee provided recommendations for the community advisory board (CAB), refined the syllabus, recruited participants, and participated as faculty members. Faculty members were selected from the universities and experts of public health in Mississippi. The CAB consisted of professionals who provide a direct service to the community. results: Eighteen faculty members, seven CAB members, and six steering community members collaborated together, a total of 14 academic institutes, health care organizations, and community organizations. Twenty-seven community members participated in the program; twenty-five graduated from the 16 week curriculum. discussion/conclusion:Preparing the community for CBPR requires a collaborative effort from a multitude of professions. These partnerships can last longer than the scope of the project, benefiting both the community and the organizations.
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Describe the process of developing partnerships between health organizations and academic institutes to build community capacity.
Keyword(s): Partnerships, Community Development
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Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As the program coordinator for the Community Research Fellows Training, I worked closely with the steering committee, community advisory board, and faculty members to ensure the program was moving smoothly and provided updates. I worked diligently with the faculty members to assist with any preparation need for their lectures being successful. I also linked the participating fellows with the faculty members who wanted a more in depth discussion on the training topics.
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