Bronx community collaborative opportunities for research and education: Implementation and evaluation of a community–academic partnership

Arthur E. Blank, Elisa S. Weiss, Barbara Salcedo, Eileen Enny Leach, Bruce Rapkin, Franco Barsanti, Paul Meissner, Samuel Deleon, Paloma I. Hernandez, Elizabeth A. Walker

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Background: Collaborations between community health and academic partners hold promise for improving community health through research. Objectives: To develop, implement, and evaluate a partnership to build capacity for community-based research. Methods: Development of the partnership was based on a participatory model that aimed to nurture strong infrastructure, clear communication, and trust between partners. Research training was individualized to assessed needs. Methods of evaluation included online surveys of partnership members comparing years 1 and 2 and appreciative inquiry (AI) interviews in year 3. Results and Lessons Learned: Course corrections from year 1 responses were implemented, and reflected in improvements on the second survey. Interviews highlighted mutual benefits of infrastructure developed in partnership; threats to sustainability were identified. Lessons learned included the importance of early course correction based on feedback, opportunities for communication, and building trust and a shared language. Conclusions: Partnerships develop through commitment and trust. Routine assessments and course correction may enable productive research partnerships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019



  • Access
  • And evaluation
  • Community health partnerships
  • Community health research
  • Evaluation studies
  • Health care evaluation mechanisms
  • Health care quality
  • Process issues
  • Program evaluation
  • Quality of health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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