While in nonprofit years 20 is a ripe old age, in people years it is the threshold of the grown-up world. Stepping into organizational adulthood, we recognize that increasing health equity through developing effective replicable models requires a comprehensive integrated approach and partners from an array of disciplines. In this anniversary annual report, you will meet the partners we serve who also help design, guide and implement our work: Health Science Academy scholars and graduates, community-based organizations that have hosted them as interns, the neighborhood entrepreneurs who serve as lay health educators, and the academic health center that continues to serve its 150 year mission of providing healthcare to immigrant families.
A model is presented of a community–academic partnership formed to replicate a unique salon-based health education and promotion program among African-American and Latino communities in Philadelphia. By embracing a common mission and principles of understanding, co-learning, building capacity and sharing responsibility and recognition, this partnership was able to achieve positive outcomes.
The Delphi approach fostered ownership and engagement with community partners because it was an iterative process that required stakeholders’ input into decision making. Results have helped to inform the overall CTSI research agenda by defining action steps, and setting an organizing framework to tackle two health disparity areas. The process helped ensure that NYUHHC CTSI research and community engagement strategies are congruent with community priorities.