The Adolescent Years: An Academic-Community Partnership in Harlem Comes of Age: PDF OnlyNorthridge Mary E.; Vallone, Donna; Merzel, Cheryl; Greene, Danielle; Shepard, Peggy; Cohall, Alwyn T.; Healton, Cheryl G.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: 2000 - p 53-60 Buy Abstract Much has been written about the potential benefits in health promotion that are possible through partnerships between academic institutions and community-based organizations, but little practical advice has been provided on how to sustain these relationships when the original grant funds have been exhausted. Here we document our experiences in Harlem, New York City, a community with grave social, structural, and physical environmental inequities, and describe the successes and failings of a partnership now in its “adolescence” between researchers at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University and community activists at West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT). The authors would like to thank the CDC, the NIEHS, and the EPA for not only funding but also for genuinely supporting the community development work of academic-community partnerships such as ours. The authors also wish to thank Ginger Chew for her thoughtful comments on an earlier draft of this article. © Aspen Publishers, Inc.