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Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2015 Autumn;9(3):397-404. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2015.0052.

Developing an Academic-Community Partnership to Promote Soccer-Based Physical Activity Among Latino Youth.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Latino Health for All (LHFA) Coalition used a community-based participatory approach to develop an action plan for addressing chronic disease among Latinos in Kansas City.

OBJECTIVES:

This study examines the development and implementation of community-based soccer sessions for youth (ages 6-15) by an academic partner from the coalition and a community partner from a nonprofit youth soccer organization.

METHODS:

The academic and community partners spoke four times over 3 months to plan for these soccer sessions. These conversations ranged from sharing goals to planning logistics. The coalition helped to promote these opportunities through a variety of channels.

RESULTS:

Eight weekly soccer sessions were implemented, attracting Latino youth who were overweight or obese. These soccer sessions were perceived as enjoyable by youth and were appreciated by their parents.

CONCLUSIONS:

Successful health promotion efforts require strong relationships between academic and community partners that involve shared goals and complementary skills/ expertise.

PMID:
26548791
DOI:
10.1353/cpr.2015.0052
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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