2015 CCPH Award Recipient
Community Partners in Care
Read the Press Release Announcing the Award Winner!
(Community Partners in Care accepts 2015 Annual Award at C2UExpo in Ottawa, Canada. Photo Credit: Chris Roussakis)
There were many qualified applications from exemplary partnerships from our call for the 2015 Annual Award. Several were worthy of recognition but Community Partners in Care (CPIC) stood out as the best this year. Reviewers were overwhelming united in praising this partnership's depth, commitment to equitable decision-making, and modeling of CBPR/CPPR. In addition, several reviewers praised their wide range of partnership strategies and their creative means of working through conflict among partners. Their application had clear and definable examples of community capacity building as central to their partnership as was their desire for it to be built upon the identified needs of the community and thus propelled this partnership as the 2015 CCPH Annual Award Winner.
In their own words, Community Partners in Care is a "community-academic partnership that uses Community Partnered, Participatory Research (CPPR) to build community capacity to improve quality of life of clients with depression in under‐resourced communities of color through rigorous partnered research." Over the last 12 years, Community Partners in Care has held many community events where they have shared their partnerships plans and solicited feedback via free community conferences, trainings on collaborative depression care and continued meetings at the executive and sub-committee levels. Attention is paid to race, gender, and class and they instituted a creative method of addressing tensions via a "mixed tape of people's favorite resiliency songs" during difficult times. These thoughtful and creative endeavors, not to mention Community Partners in Care's commitment to mental health care were all note-worthy.
With over 50 partners, CCPH was amazed at how they melded to become a smooth functioning partnership but a signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) among "lead institutional partners of Community Partners in Care outlines CPPR principles, roles and responsibilities, partnership structure, shared data ownership, resource allocation, scientific manuscript authorship, and handling disagreements between partners." In addition, a Council of diverse stakeholders (including patients, providers, community members and investigator) coordinate the study and facilitate input via community meetings and advisory boards.
One reviewer remarked on the partnerships structure and process that generated solid evidence-based decision making and Community Partners in Care states that "principles that emphasize respect, development of trust, equal authority, respect for differences and a focus on community strengths and capacity building; as well as goals of improving research quality and productivity through rigorous, partnered science" are at the center of their partnership .
Here are some highlights from their application:
Community Partners in Care first Steering Council Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
From Right to Left: Nancy Carter – NAMI, Lynn Goodloe – NAMI, Elizabeth Dixon - UCLA (formerly of QueensCare), Kenneth Wells – UCLA, Loretta Jones – HAAF, Judy Perlman – RAND, Michael Ong – UCLA, Vicky Ngo – RAND, Lingqi Tang – UCLA, Angela Young-Brynn - West Angeles Church, Leopoldo Cabassa – USC, D’ann Morris - Los Angeles Urban League, Susan Stockdale – RAND, Ana Alvarez - Cope Health Solutions, Andrea Jones – HAAF, Wayne Aoki - Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, Felica Jones – HAAF, Roena Vega – UCLA, Jeanne Miranda – UCLA, Tom Belin – UCLA, Cathy Sherbourne – RAND, Mariana Horta – RAND, Esmeralda Pulido – UCLA, Bowen Chung – UCLA
List of Partners for Community Partners in Care
AIDS Healthcare Foundation: A Nonprofit provider of prevention services, testing, and healthcare for HIV.
For more information, read Community Partners in Care's application, view its website or contact: