The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 31–39

Community-Based Organizational Capacity Building as a Strategy to Reduce Racial Health Disparities

Authors

    • Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
  • Julie Ober Allen
    • Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
  • E. Hill DeLoney
    • Flint Odyssey House Health Awareness Center
  • Kevin Robinson
    • Graduate School of Social Work and Social ResearchBryn Mawr College
  • E. Yvonne Lewis
    • Faith Access to Community Economic Development
  • Bettina Campbell
    • YOUR Center
  • Susan Morrel-Samuels
    • Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
  • Arlene Sparks
    • GCCARD
  • Marc A. Zimmerman
    • Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
  • Thomas Reischl
    • Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10935-010-0202-z

Cite this article as:
Griffith, D.M., Allen, J.O., DeLoney, E.H. et al. J Primary Prevent (2010) 31: 31. doi:10.1007/s10935-010-0202-z

Abstract

One of the biggest challenges facing racial health disparities research is identifying how and where to implement effective, sustainable interventions. Community-based organizations (CBOs) and community-academic partnerships are frequently utilized as vehicles to conduct community health promotion interventions without attending to the viability and sustainability of CBOs or capacity inequities among partners. Utilizing organizational empowerment theory, this paper describes an intervention designed to increase the capacity of CBOs and community-academic partnerships to implement strategies to improve community health. The Capacity Building project illustrates how capacity building interventions can help to identify community health needs, promote community empowerment, and reduce health disparities.

Keywords

Community-based participatory researchCapacity buildingCommunity-based organizationsHealth disparities

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010