The role of community resource assessments in the development of 15 adolescent health community-researcher partnerships

Prog Community Health Partnersh. Spring 2008;2(1):31-9. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2008.0010.

Abstract

Background: Connect to Protect (C2P): Partnerships for Youth Prevention Interventions is an initiative that alters the community's structural elements to reduce youth HIV rates.

Objectives: This study details a community resource assessment and describes how resources were evaluated in the context of local needs.

Methods: Fifteen sites developed a community resource list, conducted a brief survey, created a youth service directory, and mapped where disease prevalence and community resources intersected. Sites also completed a survey to review and verify local site findings.

Results: On average, sites identified 267 potential community resources. Sites narrowed their resource list to conduct a brief survey with 1,162 agencies; the site average was 78. Final products of this process included maps comparing resources with risk data.

Conclusions: The evaluation of local resources is an important initial step in partnership development and is essential for the success of health promotion and disease prevention interventions that target adolescents.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / supply & distribution*
  • Child
  • Community Health Services / supply & distribution*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / methods*
  • Female
  • Florida
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Resources / supply & distribution*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Primary Prevention
  • Small-Area Analysis
  • Young Adult