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Tips for Community-based Project Development
posted 05.26.2016

By: Letia A. Boseman MPH, DHSc (c), CHES

During the 2016 American Society on Aging (ASA) Aging in America (AiA) Conference, March 20-24, 2016, I had the pleasure of shadowing ASA staff members Dr. Carol Anderson, Vice President of Education and Krista Brown, Director of Education. They are the masterminds behind the ASA Leadership Institute, a five-day intense training that offers a preselected cohort of attendees the opportunity to assess their leadership and communication styles, network with other leaders, participate in interactive presentations and developmental sessions conducted by leaders in the field of aging, and attend the ASA Diversity Summit.

Luckily, I had the opportunity to volunteer for the summit and to attend all of the fantastic and educational programs. After listening to the Community-based Project’s presentation from Erin McInrue, MPH, Epidemiologist/Director of Research, Age Wave and Olympia Terrell, Content Coordinator, Age Wave at the Leadership Institute on Mach 24, 2016, the following six tips stuck with me. I wanted to share them with you, so you can  share with others and take them back to your organizations to perhaps help implement or to build strategies to develop, maintain, and benefit from community-private partnerships:

  1. Do research to learn about potential partners’ and their mission and objectives, what is or is not working, needs or problems, funding opportunities, ways to sustain programs, target populations and communities, etc.
     
  2. Identify questions to guide program development and evaluation, define outcomes desired and what success will look like; and selection of best partners/stakeholders.
     
  3. Decide on the best research methods to gather information and to do assessments.
     
  4. Use information from research to develop a proposal for funding or partnership activities.
     
  5. Use SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable/Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based) objectives for the proposal and project outcomes.
     
  6. Share findings with partners/stakeholders.

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Letia A. Boseman is a Commander in the United States Public Health Service and a Senior Public Health Analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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