Developing an urban community-campus partnership: Lessons learned in infrastructure development and communication

Dorothy F. Parker, Noella A. Dietz, Monica Webb Hooper, Margaret M. Byrne, Cristina A. Fernandez, Elizabeth A. Baker, Marsha S. Stevens, Antoine Messiah, David J. Lee, Erin N. Kobetz

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Background: A low-income, African American neighborhood in Miami, Florida, experiences health disparities including an excess burden of cancer. Many residents are disenfranchised from the healthcare system, and may not participate in cancer prevention and screening services. Objective: We sought to describe the development of a partner ship between a university and this community and lessons learned in using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) model. Methods: To better understand the community's health behaviors and status, a randomized door-to-door survey was conducted in collaboration with a community partner. Lessons Learned: This collaboration helped foster a mutual understanding of the benefits of CBPR. We also describe challenges of adhering to study protocols, quality control, and sharing fiscal responsibility with organizations that do not have an established infrastructure. Conclusions: Understanding the organizational dynamics of a community is necessary for developing a CBPR model that will be effective in that community. Once established, it can help to inform future collaborations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-441
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


  • Cancer
  • Community partnerships
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health disparities
  • Power sharing
  • Process issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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