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HSOA J Community Med Public Health Care. 2015;2(2). pii: 007. Epub 2015 Jun 15.

The Los Angeles Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative: A Ten Year Experience in Building and Sustaining a Successful Community-Academic Partnership.

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1
Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, University of California, Los Angeles.
2
Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Los Angeles Urban League, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
3
Healthy African American Families, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
4
Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, University of California, Los Angeles; Department of Aging, Charles R Drew University, Los Angeles, California, USA.
5
Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Los Angeles Urban League, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA; Department of Aging, Charles R Drew University, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Developing effective Community-Academic Partnerships (CAPs) is challenging, and the steps to build and sustain them have not been well documented. This paper describes efforts to form and sustain the Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative (HCNI), a CAP to improve health in a low-income community in South Los Angeles.

METHODS:

Moderated, semi-structured discussions with HCNI community and academic partners were used to develop a framework for CAP formation.

RESULTS:

We identified two key features, shared values and respect, as critical to the decision to form the HCNI. Five elements were identified as necessary for building and sustaining the HCNI: trust, transparency, equity and fairness, adequate resources and developing protocols to provide structure. We also identified several challenges and barriers and the strategies used in the HCNI to mitigate these challenges.

CONCLUSION:

We developed a framework to incorporate and reinforce the key elements identified as crucial in building and sustaining a CAP in a low-income community.

KEYWORDS:

Building partnerships; Community-academic partnership; Community-based participatory research; Memorandum of understanding; Sustaining partnerships

PMID:
27747314
PMCID:
PMC5061128

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