The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 31, Issue 1–2, pp 31–39

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

  • Derek M. Griffith
  • Julie Ober Allen
  • E. Hill DeLoney
  • Kevin Robinson
  • E. Yvonne Lewis
  • Bettina Campbell
  • Susan Morrel-Samuels
  • Arlene Sparks
  • Marc A. Zimmerman
  • Thomas Reischl
Original Paper

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 research Capacity building Community-based organizations Health disparities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek M. Griffith
    • 1
  • Julie Ober Allen
    • 1
  • E. Hill DeLoney
    • 2
  • Kevin Robinson
    • 3
  • E. Yvonne Lewis
    • 4
  • Bettina Campbell
    • 5
  • Susan Morrel-Samuels
    • 1
  • Arlene Sparks
    • 6
  • Marc A. Zimmerman
    • 1
  • Thomas Reischl
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Flint Odyssey House Health Awareness CenterFlintUSA
  3. 3.Graduate School of Social Work and Social ResearchBryn Mawr CollegeBryn MawrUSA
  4. 4.Faith Access to Community Economic DevelopmentFlintUSA
  5. 5.YOUR CenterFlintUSA
  6. 6.GCCARDFlintUSA

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