Date of Defense:
March 18 , 2013
The main purpose of this project is to investigate qualitatively the relationships formed between Communities Putting Prevention to Work ( CPPW ) communities and the American Heart Association ( AHA ) as well as the relationships leveraged by the AHA in CPPW communities. The AHA received CPPW grant funding to provide national technical assistance to specific communities across the US with obesity prevention policy, systems and environmental initiatives.
This research investigated relationships formed between CPPW communities and the AHA, as well as relationships facilitated by AHA between CPPW communities. Relationships in the contexts of sustainability, community impact, reciprocity and capacity building were investigated. Phone interviews were conducted with six community partners and stakeholders in CPPW work as identified by AHA staff in key administrative positions. Each participant was initially emailed a letter from AHA staff introducing the evaluators and the purpose of the phone interviews. Evaluation staff followed up via phone to schedule interview times with stakeholders. Each interview ranged between approximately 15 – 25 minutes, and all interviews were audio recorded with consent from stakeholders. The audio interviews were transcribed and coded using qualitative research methods. Themes w ere then identified across interviews for the final report.
From the analysis four major themes emerged: sustainability, interprofessional, collaboration and relationship strengthening. These qualitative findings support the importance of relationships in building community health and confirm previous research on the importance of community capacity and relationships to promote health and well-being and advance the health promotion agenda of an organization such as the American Heart Association.