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Successful Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) partnerships between university researchers and community partners can have many tangible benefits, including addressing the unmet needs of vulnerable communities. However, these partnerships are difficult to develop and sustain. This case study examined a university medical center-initiated council that gathered multiple partnerships all focused on improving the health of immigrant Chinese community in New York City's Chinatown and Lower East Side neighborhoods. We found that the structure of larger council added value to the partnerships by increasing a sense of shared learning and mission.

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This study shows that institutional investments by a university to provide infrastructure and personnel to coordinate multiple research-community partnerships can have multiple tangible benefits not only to the vulnerable communities they serve but also to increasing the cultural competence and capacity of the partners.


As a participant-observer in this coordinating council, which continues to grow in size and impact, I am reminded that universities can play a critical role in improving the lives of the local communities. Since the initial set of 3 health projects for immigrant Chinese communities documented in this article, the council now encompasses a far more diverse set of projects (including Asian Muslim communities, Spanish-speaking Latinx communities, and immigrant Chinese communities outside of Manhattan).

Sumie Okazaki

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This page is a summary of: Strategic collaborative partnerships to improve immigrant Chinese community health: A case study., Asian American Journal of Psychology, December 2017, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/aap0000090.
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