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Building Community Partnerships: The Role of Schools of Public Health

  • Meredith Manze
  • Andrew Maroko
  • Marilyn Aguirre-Molina
  • P. Christopher Palmedo
Commentary

There is an increased recognition of the role that schools of public health can play as a resource to the communities in which they reside. One example of this comes from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body for schools of public health, and its new guidelines for schools to increase collaboration with community stakeholders [1]. It is incumbent upon schools of public health to function as a resource to their neighboring community. This relationship can be beneficial for faculty, students, community organizations, and residents alike.

Schools of public health are often situated in or near low-resourced communities. With some exceptions, the typical ‘relationship’ between schools of public health and communities tends to be unilateral, in which schools tap these communities for research, but often without returning with solutions or funds to sustain short or long-term health initiatives. This contributes to the phenomenon of over-researched populations...

Notes

Funding

The Harlem Mapping Project, borne out of the panel with community-based organizations, was funded by the CUNY School of Public Health.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meredith Manze
    • 1
  • Andrew Maroko
    • 2
  • Marilyn Aguirre-Molina
    • 1
  • P. Christopher Palmedo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Community Health and Social Sciences, School of Public HealthCity University of New York (CUNY)New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health SciencesCity University of New York (CUNY) School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA

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