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"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey
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"Community and Academic Partnerships: Realities and Possibilities" by Dr. So'Nia Gilkey

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  • 1. COMMUNITY AND ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS: REALITIES AND POSSIBILITIES
    Presenter: So`Nia L. Gilkey, PhD, LCSW, Cmdr
    Conference Title: Best Practices Disaster Mental Health and Resilience
    Tulane University School of Social Work
    March 20, 2009
  • 2. General Overview
    Community and Academic Partnerships Defined
    General Characteristics of Successful Partnerships
    Truths and Myths of Partnerships
    Using Strengths-based approach
    Forging Partnerships in Post-Disaster Era
    Two Case Examples
    Disaster Mental Health Recovery Program
    Homeless Services Programs
    Conclusion
  • 3. Traditional - partnerships between community-based programs and academic institutions to address needs of targeted populations and/or issues of community
    Partnerships viewed as collaborative and supportive
    Both parties bring various expertise on issue/problem
    Research and/or evaluation activities major part of partnership
    Community and Academic Partnerships
  • 4. Partnerships Continued
    Post-Disaster – partnerships can be defined as having mutually collaborative interests, but where disaster-related impact is included as significant component of the partnership
    Partnerships based in cooperative, problem-solving framework where benefits of the relationship are balanced and activities of the partnership designed to promote resilience and well-being of the community-based program
    Practice-based activities in addition to research and evaluation are key components of partnership
  • 5. General interest in partnering
    General desire to improve client services
    Goals and products mutually negotiated
    Activities focused on strengths
    Challenges and barriers considered and solutions sought
    Commitment to partnering viewed as valuable and relevant
    General Characteristics of Successful Partnerships
  • 6. Truths and Myths of Partnerships
    Truths
    Relationships between community and universities encouraged
    Community-based programs have access to university expertise
    Universities have access to practice expertise
    Partnership commitments responsibility of both parties
    Improved understanding of systems impact
    Increased opportunities to demonstrate program-related outcomes
    Increased opportunities to improve client services
  • 7. Truths and Myths Continued
    • Myths
    • 8. Relationship between community and universities are problematic
    • 9. Community-based programs viewed as less capable of responding to community needs
    • 10. Universities viewed as disconnected and unresponsive, and with self-promoting interests
    • 11. Universities viewed as interested only in data collection
    • 12. Distrust of partnerships is general stance
    • 13. Systems with different interests can’t work together effective
    • 14. Community programs only benefit on limited scale
    • 15. No real commitment to improve client services or solve problems
  • Strengths-based Approach
    Partnerships viewed as source of “Empowerment”
    Strengths of both parties identified and utilized
    Inventory of assets collected and put to use
    Strengths not viewed as mutually exclusive
    Strengths viewed as complimentary
    Commitment to partnership negotiated to satisfaction of both parties
    Goals of partnership are ongoing
    Outcomes of partnerships are defined but flexible
    Partnership viewed as win-win!
  • 16.
    • Disaster Recovery Mental Health Program
    • 17. Overcoming distrust
    • 18. Hesitant of university interest
    • 19. Establishing commitment to partnership
    • 20. Negotiating goals of relationship
    • 21. Terms of partnership pre-determined
    • 22. Value of expertise initially challenged
    • 23. Desired outcomes non-negotiable at onset
    • 24. Focus of partnership – Improved Client Services in Post-Disaster Context
    Case Example #1
  • 25. Case Example #2
    Homeless Service Provider
    Overcoming Distrust
    Welcomed university partnership
    Mutually agreed upon parameters of partnership
    Terms of Partnership flexible
    Goals of partnership negotiable and regularly evaluated
    Desired outcomes evolved based on success of partnership
    Value of expertise of both parties emphasized and viewed as foundation of partnership
    Focus of partnership – Improved Client Services in Post-Disaster Context
  • 26. Strategies to Improve University-Community Partnerships
    Be proactive – reach out
    Consider context – pre vs. post-disaster
    Recognize value – them vs. us
    Be willing to contribute “something for nothing”
    Recognize that partnerships are ongoing and require consistent nurturing
    Understand that successful partnerships develop over time
    Determine motivation and commitment and be honest about it
    Enlist the support and commitment of all interested parties
  • 27. Be clear about goals of relationship
    Be committed to collaborative and cooperative relationship
    Consider barriers to successful partnership and strategies to address barriers
    Identify a plan for the partnership and be willing to negotiate/revise the plan
    View partnership as win-win
    Strategies to Improve University-Community Partnerships Con’t
  • 28. University-community partnerships can work
    Commitment is key
    Strengths-based approach is desirable
    Everyone contributes to success or failure
    Disaster impact can help or hinder partnership
    Individuals, families, groups, communities and systems benefit when partnerships are supported and successfully implemented
    Conclusion
  • 29. Question and Answer

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