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Rutgers: Study Evaluates a Cancer Health Disparities Program Across Two Maryland Counties – A Community-Academic Partnership

Rutgers School of Public Health assistant professor, Dr. Qiana L. Brown, along with her colleagues, found that community-academic partnerships hold promise in reducing cancer health disparities. The recent study evaluated a community-academic partnership focused on reducing cancer health disparities in two predominately African American jurisdictions in Maryland: Prince George’s County and Baltimore City.

The team used the Partnership Self-Assessment Tool (PSAT) to conduct a process evaluation of the Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, a community–academic partnership formed to reduce cancer health disparities in Maryland. The results showed that mean scores in eight domains (partnership synergy, leadership, efficiency, management, resources, decision making, participation, and satisfaction) indicated a functional and synergistic partnership. However, scores for decision making and benefits of participating in the partnership were significantly lower in Baltimore City.

“Community–academic partnerships are promising approaches to help address cancer health disparities in African American communities,” says Dr. Brown. “Using a standardized tool like the PSAT to evaluate community–academic partnerships is essential to gain a comprehensive understanding of partnership processes, and to identify areas for improvement.”

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