Community Partnerships

Academic-community partnerships as a strategy for positive change in the sexual behavior of rural college-aged students.

Students who completed the pre-intervention survey were asked to complete the 74-item questionnaire again to determine if risky behavior had changed over time. Substantial reductions in risky behaviors were reported. Students reporting five or more sex partners in the previous year decreased from 13% to 4%. Students reporting “always” or “mostly” using a condom increased […]

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Innovations in collaboration for the public’s health through the Turning Point Initiative: the W.K. Kellogg Foundation perspective.

The need for a more integrated public health system led the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to establish Turning Point (TP): Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health, with a goal of transforming and strengthening the current public health infrastructure. WKKF partners with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the National Association of County and City […]

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Building community capacity in public health: the role of action-oriented partnerships.

Public health practice increasingly is concerned with the capacity and performance of communities to identify, implement, strengthen, and sustain collective efforts to improve health. The authors developed ways to assist local Turning Point partnerships to improve their community public health system as a secondary outcome of their work on the expressed needs of the community. […]

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Building partnerships with the community: lessons from the Camden Health Improvement Learning Collaborative.

This case study describes the Camden City Health Improvement Learning Collaborative (the Collaborative), a community care network initiative formed in 1993. The organization is composed of representatives from local healthcare providers, public agencies, religious organizations, and neighborhoods. The major goal of this initiative is to improve the health status of the community by involving and […]

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A review of collaborative partnerships as a strategy for improving community health.

Collaborative partnerships (people and organizations from multiple sectors working together in common purpose) are a prominent strategy for community health improvement. This review examines evidence about the effects of collaborative partnerships on (a) community and systems change (environmental changes), (b) community-wide behavior change, and © more distant population-level health outcomes. We also consider the conditions […]

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Collaboration for health improvement: models for state, community, and academic partnerships.

The value of approaching health improvement through collaborative models seems self-evident, especially at the community level. A review of the literature, however, reveals a number of challenges in terms of helping us understand precisely what it is that makes collaborative models effective in influencing health. The purpose of this article is to describe important elements […]

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