The role of community-academic partnerships: implications for medical education, research, and patient care.

Carla Boutin-Foster, Erica Phillips, Ann Gel Palermo, Ann Boyer, Princess Fortin, Tahirah Rashid, David Vlahov, Janet Mintz, Gail Love

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Abstract

PROBLEM: Despite several studies demonstrating the benefits of community-academic partnerships, their value to academic health centers (AHCs) is often viewed with skepticism by some in the academic community. PURPOSE: This paper examines the roles of community organizations and the mechanisms by which they can enhance the AHC missions of education, research, and patient care. KEY POINTS: As lay educators, community organizations can contribute to medical education by exposing students to diverse cultural perspectives. As community advocates, they can facilitate the research process by helping to frame culturally relevant research questions, by ensuring that research survey instruments are culturally and linguistically appropriate, and that research findings are disseminated to community stakeholders. As lay health workers, they can facilitate health care delivery by providing a link to hard-to-reach populations through their outreach and referral initiatives. CONCLUSION: Forming partnerships between community organizations and AHCs can support the missions of AHCs and simultaneously develop and strengthen community capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalProgress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action
Volume2
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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