Title

Community—Academia Partnerships to Promote Nutrition in the Lower Mississippi Delta: Community Members' Perceptions of Effectiveness, Barriers, and Factors Related to Success

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Department

Nutrition and Food Systems

School

Kinesiology and Nutrition

Abstract

This study examined the perceptions of community members' engaged in community—academia partnerships involved in developing nutrition interventions in three communities in the Lower Mississippi Delta. Perceptions on effectiveness of the partnerships were investigated. Six focus group interviews were conducted, with 33 participants that included 27 females and 6 males. The data were analyzed by content coding. Emerging themes were identified and related to accomplishments, barriers to success, and factors related to success of the partnerships. Accomplishments included the establishment of active committees, positive changes in health behavior related to food choices, and participation in community events. Barriers to success included the slow pace of intervention implementation, difficulties with understanding the role of the community in the participatory research process, the decision-making processes, and project name recognition. Factors related to success were tangible benefits to the community, participation that was representative, simplification of the research process, and the decision-making processes. © 2008, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Health Promotion Practice

Volume

9

Issue

3

First Page

237

Last Page

245

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