Title: An academic-community outreach partnership: building relationships and capacity to address childhood lead poisoning.
Authors: Serrell, Nancy; Caron, Rosemary M; Fleishman, Bethany; Robbins, Emily D
Published In Prog Community Health Partnersh, (2009)
Abstract: Although academic institutions are rich resources for improving public health, academic partnerships with community organizations can be challenging. We describe a successful academic-community partnership composed of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Research Program, the Manchester (New Hampshire) Health Department, and the Greater Manchester Partners Against Lead Poisoning (GMPALP).Partners collaborated to translate science and best practices into social action and policy change to address childhood lead poisoning.Using the evolution of a childhood lead poisoning prevention initiative, we discuss how an academic-community relationship can be created and sustained.Our experience demonstrates that broad-based partnerships are enhanced by the attributes of community-based participatory research (CBPR). We observe that engaging in community collaborations that are not driven by research eliminates potential conflicts for academic and community partners.We identify four core values, namely, (1) adaptability, (2) consistency, (3) shared authority, and (4) trust, as being constructive when working in such partnerships.
PubMed ID: 19779580
MeSH Terms: Child; Child Welfare; Community Networks/organization & administration*; Community-Based Participatory Research*; Community-Institutional Relations*; Cooperative Behavior*; Humans; Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Childhood/diagnosis; Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Childhood/epidemiology*; Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Childhood/prevention & control; Mass Screening*; New Hampshire/epidemiology; Program Evaluation; Quality Control; Quality of Health Care; United States/epidemiology