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Developing a Collaborative Community, Academic, Health Department Partnership for STD Prevention: The Gonorrhea Community Action Project in Harlem

VanDevanter, Nancy DrPH; Hennessy, Michael PhD, MPH; Howard, Joyce Moon DrPH; Bleakley, Amy MPH; Peake, Michele MA, EdM; Millet, Sarah MPH; Cohall, Alwyn MD; Levine, Deborah ACSW; Weisfuse, Isaac MD, MPH; Fullilove, Robert EdD

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: November 2002 - Volume 8 - Issue 6 - p 62–68
Original Article

Community interventions are rare in the field of sexually transmitted disease (STD) control and prevention. The goals of the Gonorrhea Community Action Project are to design and implement interventions for the reduction of gonorrhea in high-prevalence areas and to increase the appropriateness and effectiveness of STD care in the participating communities. Key to conducting the formative research and developing the interventions was the creation of a community-academic-health department collaborative partnership. Using a staged model, this article presents a case study of collaboration development in the community of Harlem, New York.

Director of the Center for Applied Public Health and Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, in New York, New York. (VanDevanter)

Senior Statistician at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Hennessy)

Assistant Professor of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York. (Howard)

Staff Associate at the Center for Applied Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York. (Bleakley)

Doctoral candidate at the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Miami University, Miami, Florida. (Peake)

Doctoral candidate at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland. (Millet)

Director, Harlem Health Promotion Center, and Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Pediatrics, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York. (Cohall)

Vice President, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, New York, New York. (Levine)

Associate Commissioner, New York City Department of Health, Bureau of Disease Intervention, New York, New York. (Weisfuse)

Associate Dean of Community and Minority Affairs, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York. (Fullilove)

The authors thank Beth Macke for her helpful comments on earlier drafts; Peter Messeri and Angela Aidala for their advice on the development of the community collaboration process; and Vernetta Chesimard, Ana Taras, Bridget Andrew, and Sidney Moshette for their time, energy, and continuing efforts with the Community Advisory Board. The Gonorrhea Community Action Project was jointly funded by the Divisions of STD Prevention and HIV Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, & TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.