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Rochester Healthy Community Partnership (RHCP)

Rochester Healthy Community Partnership is a community-academic partnership that evolved organically in 2004 between Mayo Clinic and Hawthorne Education Center (HEC), an adult education center that serves approximately 2,500 immigrant and refugee community members each year.  Over the years, this partnership matured by formalizing operating norms and meeting schedules, adapted the principle of community-based participatory research (CBPR), conducted community health assessments, and added many dedicated partners to form RHCP. Partnership development was supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIAID R03 AI082703).

RHCP now includes community-based organizations, health service organizations, and academics who are experienced at collectively deploying programming and outcomes assessment among immigrant and refugee populations.

Mission of Rochester Healthy Community Partnership

To promote health and well-being among the Rochester population through community-based participatory research, education and civic engagement to achieve good health for all.

Operating Norms adopted by RHCP

  • We have established a welcoming environment.
  • We address each other by first name.
  • We work in small groups.
  • We have a defined agenda.
  • We prepare for meetings.
  • We are informal.
  • We have clear and common goals.
  • We share food at meetings.
  • We maintain a sense of humor.
  • We value and respect diverse cultures, experience, and expertise.
  • We have shared values.
  • We foster effective leadership.
  • We have a defined decision making process (majority).
  • We encourage communication between members.
  • We review and approve minutes in a timely fashion.
  • We have a process for conflict management and resolution.
  • We maintain confidentiality.
  • We encourage equitable involvement.
  • We maintain a spirit of openness.
  • We maintain an atmosphere of trust.
  • We are committed to CBPR principles.
  • We agree on the timing, frequency and location of meetings.
  • We strive to begin and end meetings on time.

About CBPR

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a collaborative way of doing research that engages community members, uses local knowledge in the understanding of health problems and the design of interventions, and equitably involves researchers and community partners in all aspects of research.

CBPR Principles Adopted by RHCP

  1. CBPR recognizes the community as a unit of identity.  A community may be defined by a geographic area, but it could also be a shared ethnic/racial/group or other identity.
  2. CBPR builds on the strengths and resources within the community.
  3. CBPR uses collaborative, equitable partnership principles in all aspects of the research.  Academic and community partners work together to define the problem, collect   information, find solutions, implement programs, and interpret and disseminate results.
  4. CBPR involves learning together and capacity building among all partners.
  5. CBPR involves a balance between research and action for the benefit of all partners.
  6. CBPR focuses on public health concerns of local relevance and addresses social determinants of health.
  7. CBPR involves a long-term process and commitment to sustainability.
  8. CBPR is a process-oriented and iterative approach.

Our Partners

RHCP acknowledges all volunteers and individuals who have dedicated time to promote its mission.