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Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2008 Spring;2(1):31-9. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2008.0010.

The role of community resource assessments in the development of 15 adolescent health community-researcher partnerships.

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  • 1University of Maryland, MD, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Connect to Protect (C2P): Partnerships for Youth Prevention Interventions is an initiative that alters the community's structural elements to reduce youth HIV rates.

OBJECTIVES:

This study details a community resource assessment and describes how resources were evaluated in the context of local needs.

METHODS:

Fifteen sites developed a community resource list, conducted a brief survey, created a youth service directory, and mapped where disease prevalence and community resources intersected. Sites also completed a survey to review and verify local site findings.

RESULTS:

On average, sites identified 267 potential community resources. Sites narrowed their resource list to conduct a brief survey with 1,162 agencies; the site average was 78. Final products of this process included maps comparing resources with risk data.

CONCLUSIONS:

The evaluation of local resources is an important initial step in partnership development and is essential for the success of health promotion and disease prevention interventions that target adolescents.

PMID:
20208189
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PMCID:
PMC2917594
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