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Lessons Learned From the Uniontown Community Health Project

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Objective: To compile lessons learned from the Uniontown Community Health Project. Methods: Lessons-learned information was gathered from project staff and community volunteers. Results: Analysis led to the identification of 6 lessons: (a) Establish personal working relationships in communities; (b) find a local community coordinator to lead efforts; (c) be patient in implementing a community health advisor (CHA) model; (d) be flexible and emphasize simplicity when implementing community activities; (e) recognize that meeting research goals requires compromise; and (f) plan transfer of project activities to the community from the beginning. Conclusion: These lessons may benefit others implementing CHA programs.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Behavioral Medicine Unit, Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 2: Departments of Medicine and Health Behavior, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 3: Community Cove UAB Center for Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 4: Division of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 5: Markey Cancer Center, Prevention Research Program, Lexington, KY. 6: Division of Adult and Community Health, Cardiovascular Health Branch 7: Division of Adult and Community Health, Behavioral Surveillance Branch, CDC, Atlanta, GA. 8: Nutrition and Food Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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