Annual Award

2015 CCPH Award Recipient

Community Partners in Care

Read the Press Release Announcing the Award Winner!

CPIC Accepts 2015 Annual Award












(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:

  • Major decisions are handled by vote of the Council and within workgroups. Monetary resources, findings, presentations, and other products are considered shared resources.
  • Daily decisions are handled by a Council representing a set of diverse stakeholders such as clients.
  • Study findings and resources are provided to the community through conferences, websites, presentations to agencies and local media such as radio shows.
  • Experienced community advocates under the leadership of Healthy African American Families II help assure honest dialogue and sharing of perspectives.
  • Academic and community “coaches” support new members.
  • In addition, clients and community members interact with policy and healthcare leaders. For example, community and academic partners co-presented Community Partners in Care's findings to congressional staffers and representatives of CMS and the Veteran’s Administration in DC. These approaches have strengthened client leadership and increased community hope and policymaker commitment to change.
  • We use procedures to facilitate inclusion of diverse stakeholders in research, such as hosting workshops with open discussions of the history of research abuses, the meaning of scientific equipoise, and the role of randomization in reducing bias.
  • We hire community members as survey staff and use community leaders to co-train staff to increase input into and trust in data collection and analysis.

Community Partners in Care

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.
All People’s Christian Center: Community Center that provides social and educational services and activities.
Amanecer Community Counseling Services: Communitybased nonprofit organization that provides mental health services and domestic violence counseling to lowincome and homeless people.
Asian American Drug Abuse Progam: Nonprofit organization that provides substance abuse services.
Assistance League of Southern California: Agency that provides social services to improve the lives of atrisk children and families.
Agustus Hawkins Mental Health Center: Organization that provides a variety of outpatient mental health services to adult and youth.
Avalon Carver Community Center: Community coalition that provides services for the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of individuals and families of south central Los Angeles.
Behavioral Health Services Inc.: Not-for-profit community-based healthcare organization providing substance abuse, mental health, drug-free transitional living, older adult services, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and other related health services to the residents of Southern California.
Black Women for Wellness: A nonprofit corporation that is committed to healing, educating, and supporting Black Women and girls.
Bryant Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church: African Methodist Episcopal church in Los Angeles.
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science: A private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution located in Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles.
Children’s Bureau: Agency that provides a variety of services to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our nation’s children and families.
Children’s Institute, Inc.: A nonprofit organization specializing in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks: Social service agency in the city that operates and maintains parks, recreation centers, youth camps, sports programs, and programs for senior citizens.
Clinica Monsenor Oscar Romero: A nonprofit FQHC that provides comprehensive medical services to low-income men, women, and children living in Los Angeles County.
Downtown Women’s Center: Agency that provides housing, medical and mental health services, social networks, and financial security to end homelessness.
Drew Child Development Corp.: Social Service agency that provides children with a safe and stable environment to obtain school readiness for success and promote child welfare.
FreeNOne: Community agency that provides services and treatment for recovery, codependence, and drug prevention.
Gateways Hospital: Nonprofit organization providing acute in--patient, residential, and out--patient services to mentally ill adolescents and adults.
Healthy African American Families II: A nonprofit community serving agency improves health outcomes of African American, Latino, and Korean communities.
His Sheltering Arms: A treatment center that provides genderspecific, personalized medical and psychotherapeutic treatment for women suffering from alcohol and substance abuse addictions.
Homeless Outreach Program/Integrated Care System: Agency that is dedicated to provide high quality social services with an emphasis on behavioral health and housing stability.
Hope Street Family Center: A resource center that promotes community health, education, and recreation and seeks to educate children, strengthen families and transform the community.
INMED Mothernet Los Angeles: An international humanitarian organization that provides children with necessary medicines and medical care.
Institute for Black Parenting: An adoption and social welfare agency that places orphaned Black children into stable households and provides services for family preservation and family reunification.
Jewish Family Services Los Angeles: A multiservice agency that provides services to strengthen individual, family, and community life.
JWCH Institute, Inc.: A private nonprofit health agency that supports patient care, education, and research.
Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling & Learning Center: A nonprofit Community Benefit program that provides counseling, outreach, and educational services to residents of the Watts community.
Kedren Mental Health Center: A community health center that uses a collaborative and holistic approach to address educational, health, and mental health needs of residents in SPA 6.
LAC + USC Healthcare Network: A LevelOne trauma center that offers medical, mental health, protective, and social services to victims of family violence and sexual assault.
Los Angeles Christian Health Centers: It is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides quality, comprehensive healthcare to the homeless and underserved.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health: The largest county mental health department that operates 75 program sites and offers mental health services to people of all ages to support hope, wellness, and recovery.
Los Angeles Urban League: A community agency that offers job training, job placement, youth achievement and business development programs to promote advancement of equal opportunities.
NAMI Urban Los Angeles: A nonprofit, volunteer organization that provides education support and advocacy for families dealing with mental illnesses.
New Vision Church of Jesus Christ: A NonDenomination Christian organization led by Rev. Ronald Wright.
Para Los Niños: A nonprofit organization that creates academic success and social well-being for children through early education centers, charter schools, and wellness centers for mental health services.
People Assisting the Homeless: Agencies that work together to provide supportive services, permanent housing development, and support for homeless families.
People Coordinated Services: A multiservice agency that provides services for Youth and Family, Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment, and Senior Services.
Personal Involvement Center, Inc.: A nonprofit community based social service agency that provides services to youth and families.
QueensCare Health & Faith Partnership: A parish nursing program that delivers free and low cost health promotion and disease-prevention services in churches, schools, and other social service organizations.
Skid Row Housing Trust: An organization that provides permanent supportive housing for people that experience homelessness, extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction.
South Central Prevention Coalition: A community coalition that combats alcohol and other drug abuse problems.
St. John’s Well Child & Family Center: A nonprofit children’s health care center that provides primary care services and supportive services that address families’ educational and socio--economic needs.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church: An Episcopal Church that is part of the Anglican Communion.
THE Clinic, Inc.: A wellness center that provides affordable preventive, primary and behavioral health care services.
The Saban Free Clinic: A Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive, affordable, and dependable quality health care services.
United Women in Transition: A community coalition that transforms social and economic conditions that foster addiction, crime, violence, and poverty.
Volunteers of America: A charity that offers human service programs such as housing and healthcare.
Watts Health Foundation: A Federally Qualified Health Center that offers a range of services including clinical, preventative, specialty, and ancillary services.
Watts Labor Community Action Center: A nonprofit community-based, human services organization dedicated to improve the quality of life for South Central Los Angeles residents.

For more information, read Community Partners in Care's application, view its website or contact:

Bowen Chung, MD, MSHS
Assistant Professor-in-Residence
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry
Torrance, California