Community Engagement to Address Cancer Health Disparities: A Process EVALUATION using the Partnership Self-Assessment Tool.

Research paper by Qiana L QL Brown, Ahmed A Elmi, Lee L Bone, Frances F Stillman, Olive O Mbah, Janice V JV Bowie, Jennifer J Wenzel, Alexandra A Gray, Jean G JG Ford, Jimmie L JL Slade, Adrian A Dobs

Indexed on: 30 Jun '19Published on: 09 Apr '19Published in: Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action


African Americans suffer disproportionately from cancer health disparities, and population-level prevention is needed. A community-academic partnership to address cancer health disparities in two predominately African American jurisdictions in Maryland was evaluated. The Partnership Self-Assessment Tool (PSAT) was used in a process evaluation to assess the partnership in eight domains (partnership synergy, leadership, efficiency, management, resources, decision making, participation, and satisfaction). Mean scores in each domain were high, indicative of a functional and synergistic partnership. However, scores for decision making (Baltimore City's mean score = 9.3; Prince George's County's mean score = 10.8; p = .02) and participation (Baltimore City's mean score = 16.0; Prince George's County's mean score = 18.0; p = .04) were significantly lower in Baltimore City. Community-academic partnerships are promising approaches to help address cancer health disparities in African American communities. Factors that influence decision making and participation within partnerships require further research.