This narrative contains pearls of wisdom from individuals who engage in population and academic-community-related work. Respondents answered the following questions: Can you say a bit about why community-academic partnerships are important? What are the three things you wish you had known when you first started doing work with communities? How does someone learn to engage with communities in a manner that is respectful and leads to strong partnerships? How did you learn? What are some of the things that you have observed that get in the way of partnership-building? How has working with communities changed the nature or effect of your work?