Shared Learning in Community-Academic Partnerships: Addressing the Needs of Schools
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The educational mission of schools extends far beyond coursework and includes supporting students’ social and emotional development. Resources in a school for strengthening this social-emotional growth can stem from a combination of district resources and those available in the local community. Community-academic partnerships can help bridge educational needs at a school and provide mental health services when needed within the school environment. This relationship provides an opportunity for two-way knowledge exchange between partners: to improve the quality of services delivered in schools and to ensure that research and academic activities at the university remain relevant and informed by the needs of communities and schools. This narrative provides two examples of school community-academic partnerships and explores how these collaborative relationships first developed, what interventions were jointly delivered, and shared outcomes as a result of these partnerships. Finally, future directions for these school community and academic relationships are described.
KeywordsSchool mental health Suicide Trauma
This work was supported by SAMHSA SM59285 (Wong) and the Office of Academic Affiliations through the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Women’s Health (Ijadi-Maghsoodi). The authors also thank Dr. Marleen Wong for her leadership and partnership, the staff and students of St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School, Henry M. Gunn High School, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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