Academic-Community Partnership to Address Maternal and Child Health in Allegheny County

Principle Investigator:  Angela F. Ford, PhD, MSW
Funded by: 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development
Project Period:

Several local community organizations will be engaged over the next three years to form an alliance with the GSPH Center for Minority Health and the Allegheny County Health Department to develop a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) agenda related to pregnancy and violence prevention in Allegheny County. The academic community partnership plan includes
1) convening an interdisciplinary advisory board;
2) holding open community forums, meetings, and a symposium to highlight, translate, and disseminate information on local, regional, and state health disparities, and more specifically maternal and child health/pregnancy and violence;
3) a collaboration with Michael Yonas, DrPH, School of Medicine, and Jessica Burke, PhD, MHS, GSPH Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, who will facilitate concept mapping sessions to identify pregnancy and violence-related research topics of interest to a group of community stakeholders, conduct workshops, and mentor the partnership to build capacity to conduct CBPR; and
4) the identification of a academic-community infrastructure to support the development of a CBPR agenda at the end of the three year grant period, focused on pregnancy and violence.


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