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Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2011 Winter;5(4):399-404.

Community ACTION boards: an innovative model for effective community-academic research partnerships.

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1
Fast and Central Harlem Health Outcomes Community Action Board; (2) The Institute for Family Health; (3) The Mount Sinai School of Medicine; (4) Renaissance Health Care Network; (5) East Harlem Partnership for Cancer Awareness Community Advisory Board.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) requires equitable partnerships between community stakeholders and academics. Traditionally, researchers relied on community advisory boards, but these boards often play a reactive role limited to a project-by-project basis. The East and Central Harlem Health Outcomes (ECHHO) Community Action Board (CAB), however, is an effective, proactive group.

OBJECTIVES:

The ECHHO board sought to identify key strategies and tools used to build and sustain the model, and to disseminate lessons learned to other community-academic partnerships.

METHODS:

Current and former board members were interviewed and a wide range of related documents was reviewed.

LESSONS LEARNED:

The board became effective when it prioritized action and relationship-building, across seven key domains: Shared priorities, diversity, participation, transparency, mutual respect and recognition, and personal connections. The model is depicted graphically.

CONCLUSION:

Community advisory boards may benefit from reduced emphasis on protocols and procedures, and increased attention to building relationships between academics and community members.

PMID:
22616207
PMCID:
PMC3437746
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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