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J Natl Med Assoc. 2012 Jan-Feb;104(1-2):53-60.

A qualitative evaluation of a citywide Community Health Partnership program.

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University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, Saratoga Building, 12th Floor, 220 Arch St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.


While there have been numerous community-based programs in Baltimore, Maryland, aimed at helping patients access medical treatments and services, they historically were underutilized and did not operate synergistically. For that reason, sanofi-aventis, along with key stakeholders in Baltimore, developed the Community Health Partnership (CHP) to educate, empower, and connect patients to community health resources to enable patients to be more proactive about their health. The CHP utilizes a community health liaison (CHL) and a community health action team (CHAT) consisting of community health leaders who are hands-on activists and health care workers who coordinate activities and provide guidance for the CHP. The goal of the program is to foster community collaboration to raise awareness of the need to improve health in the community and to identify and connect patients to existing resources and services that can help. A qualitative evaluation of the Baltimore CHP was conducted through focus group and key informant interviews with members of the CHAT and CHP. Results suggest that the CHP program has enhanced patient-provider relationships, brought together a wealth of resources, and made people more aware of health information. The CHP facilitated providers' ability to help patients find resources and empowered patients in the community to better manage their health conditions. In parallel, physicians requested additional culturally sensitive resources on medical conditions that addressed the health literacy of their diverse patients. Through stakeholder engagement, many more communities beyond Baltimore can become better networked to help patients navigate the health care system and improve their health.

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