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A Community Research Partnership to Improve the Diet of African Americans

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Abstract:

Objective: To describe a community research partnership in which a national parent education organization collaborated with academic institutions to develop a dietary change program for underserved African American parents. Methods: Qualitative methods were used to characterize issues that impacted partnership operations. Results: Data are reported on partnership activities including program development and implementation with African American parents. Lessons learned and strategies for improving the partnership are presented. Conclusions: Ongoing assessment and evaluation of how a partnership operates, especially in the context of multiple sites, are important to sustaining successful functioning.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.25.2.6

Affiliations: 1: Department of Community Health, Saint Louis University School of Public Health 2: Department of Community Health, Saint Louis University School of Public Health, Washington University at Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO. 3: Biostatistics, Washington University at Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO. 4: Saint Louis University School of Public Health, Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. 5: Didactic Program in Dietetics, Fontbonne College, Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. 6: Department of Social Work, Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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