|Mccabe Sellers, Beverly|
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/20/2007
Publication Date: 6/3/2007
Citation: Lovera, D., McCabe Sellers, B.J., Wallace, K.L., Strickland, E., Bogle, M.L. 2007. Building research literacy [abstract]. Proceedings, Cross Roads II Community-Based Collaborative Research for Social Justice, June 7-9, 2007. Hartford, Connecticut. p. 14. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The Riverwest Health Initiative is a neighborhood coalition that grew from a need for improved community health. It began in 2002, when a group of neighbors and community-organizing partners met to identify strategies for strengthening the health of local residents. Over the next four years the coalition completed a comprehensive community assessment and strategic plan for this community of 6,433 households, applied for local funding, and hired a community health nurse to expand the community’s capacity for health. This report will include a description of the growing partnership, results of the community assessment developed and conducted by community partners, and health priorities identified by the community members. Most community health assessments are focused on health behaviors and other epidemiologic information. This assessment includes a comprehensive survey of residents' perceptions of their physical and emotional health, home and neighborhood environment, parenting and caretaking responsibilities, and utilization of health and other community resources. The local priorities and strategic action plan identified by the Riverwest Health Initiative were specific to the needs and strengths of the neighborhood. These results will be reported in comparison with community health assessment priorities for the surrounding zip code area, the city, and the state. This report will include the results of the local community assessment and the community-based, participatory action processes used to implement and sustain the community's capacity for health improvement.