Building collaborative health promotion partnerships: The Jackson Heart Study
Methods: JHS CORC joined with community representatives to initiate programs that evolved into comprehensive strategies for addressing health disparities and the high prevalence of CVD. This collaboration was made possible by first promoting an understanding of the need for combined effort, the desire to interact with other community partners, and the vision to establish an effective governance structure.
Results: The partnership between JHS CORC and the Jackson Heart Study community has empowered community members, and has inspired some community members to begin to provide leadership to other health promotion projects.
Conclusion: It is important for academic institutions to reach out to local community groups to work together to address local health issues that affect the community. It does not matter who initiates the collaboration. When a community becomes aware of an urgent need for change to respond to negative health conditions, formalizing this type of collaboration is a logical step in the right direction.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe processes to create strong, viable community partnerships
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Community-Based Research (CBPR)
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked at the Jackson Heart Study since its inception in 1999 and have participated in all of the successful community engagement and community outreach activities that have helped to recruit, retain and educate the participants and surrounding communities.
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.