Mental health News: Research
Community-based participatory research around the country
Community Partners in Care (CPIC) is a collaborative research project of community and academic partners working together to learn the best way to reduce the burden that depression places on communities and other vulnerable populations. CPIC asks the question of whether agencies and communities working together through a community engagement process is a better way of improving depression services and client outcomes than agencies working alone.
CPIC received the 2015 Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Award.
An excerpt from an article by the RAND foundation:
"The CPIC partnership showed in a randomized trial that improving care for depression in low-income communities — places where such help is frequently unavailable or hard to find — provides greater benefits to those in need when community groups such as churches and even barber shops help lead the planning process.
When compared to efforts that provided only technical support to improve depression care, a planning effort co-led by community members from diverse services programs further improved clients' mental health, increased physical activity, lowered their risk of becoming homeless, and decreased hospitalizations for behavioral problems."
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Read this article written by the RAND foundation about CPIC incorporating details about the study's procedures and findings.
Read this article published by CPIC that describes how community-partnered participatory research was used to design Community Partners in Care, a randomized trial of community engagement to activate a multiple-agency network vs. support for individual agencies to implement depression QI in underserved communities.
REACH NOLA seeks to improve community health and access to quality health care in New Orleans through community-academic partnered programs. Our partners include neighborhood organizations, faith-based groups, clinical service providers, academic institutions, and other health stakeholders. Our partnership works by leveraging the strengths of diverse stakeholders toward the common goal of improving the health of the New Orleans community.