UW-Informed Publication on Community Engagement in Academic Health Centers (AHCs)
We are pleased to share a new publication looking at the challenges faced by AHCs to demonstrate the effectiveness of community-engaged activities. “Community Engagement in Academic Health Centers: A Model for Capturing and Advancing Our Successes,” is published in the current issue of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.
This publication reports on a project out of the University of Rochester that UW participated in under the leadership of ICTR Administrative Director, Sarah Esmond. Ms. Esmond was endorsed by ICTR Leadership, Dean Golden and Associate Dean Petty to engage colleagues from the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine & Public Health to document and assess Community Engagement activities across the UW Health Sciences.
Abstract: Academic health centers (AHCs) are under increased pressure to demonstrate the effectiveness of their community engaged activities, but there are no common metrics for evaluating community engagement in AHCs. Eight AHCs piloted the Institutional Community Engagement Self-Assessment (ICESA), a two-phase project to assess community engagement efforts. The first phase uses a framework developed by the University of Rochester Medical Center, which utilizes structure, process, and outcome criteria to map CE activities. The second phase uses the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Self-Assessment to identify institutional resources for community engagement, and potential gaps, to inform community engagement goal-setting. The authors conducted a structured, directed content analysis to determine the effectiveness of using the two-phase process at the participating AHCs. The findings suggest that the ICESA project assisted AHCs in three key areas and may provide a strategy for assessing community engagement in AHCs.
The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process.