Community Engagement to Address Cancer Health Disparities: A Process EVALUATION using the Partnership Self-Assessment Tool

Qiana L. Brown, Ahmed Elmi, Lee R Bone, Frances A Stillman, Olive Mbah, Janice Bowie, Jennifer Wenzel, Alexandra Gray, Jean G. Ford, Jimmie L. Slade, Adrian S Dobs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: African Americans suffer disproportionately from cancer health disparities, and population-level prevention is needed. OBJECTIVES: A community-academic partnership to address cancer health disparities in two predominately African American jurisdictions in Maryland was evaluated. METHODS: The Partnership Self-Assessment Tool (PSAT) was used in a process evaluation to assess the partnership in eight domains (partnership synergy, leadership, efficiency, management, resources, decision making, participation, and satisfaction). RESULTS: Mean scores in each domain were high, indicative of a functional and synergistic partnership. However, scores for decision making (Baltimore City's mean score = 9.3; Prince George's County's mean score = 10.8; p = .02) and participation (Baltimore City's mean score = 16.0; Prince George's County's mean score = 18.0; p = .04) were significantly lower in Baltimore City. CONCLUSIONS: Community-academic partnerships are promising approaches to help address cancer health disparities in African American communities. Factors that influence decision making and participation within partnerships require further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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