Sustaining Successful Clinical-community Partnerships in Medically Underserved Urban Areas: A Qualitative Case Study

J Community Health Nurs. 2021 Jan-Mar;38(1):1-12. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2021.1869423.


Clinical-community partnerships can improve access and receipt of preventive health services in community settings. Understanding how to sustain their potential benefits is warranted. Qualitative case-study of the Faith Community Health Partnership (FCHP), a collaboration between faith-community nurses and community organizations sustained over 25 years. We used content analysis principles to report on partnership sustainability themes identified through semi-structured interviews with FCHP partners (n = 18). Factors supporting partnership sustainability: Maintaining partners' commitment over time; strategic resource-sharing; facilitating engagement; and preserving partnership flexibility. Sustaining clinical-community partnerships is a dynamic and continuous process requiring significant time, effort, and resources on behalf of partners.

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Community Health Nursing*
  • Community Participation*
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Medically Underserved Area*
  • Urban Population