Session: Building Successful Community Partnerships to Address Complex Problems (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

All in-person and virtual presentations are in Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST).

SSWR 2023 Poster Gallery: as a registered in-person and virtual attendee, you have access to the virtual Poster Gallery which includes only the posters that elected to present virtually. The rest of the posters are presented in-person in the Poster/Exhibit Hall located in Phoenix A/B, 3rd floor. The access to the Poster Gallery will be available via the virtual conference platform the week of January 9. You will receive an email with instructions how to access the virtual conference platform.

SSRPCB-2 Building Successful Community Partnerships to Address Complex Problems

Thursday, January 12, 2023: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Camelback A, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Mary Ohmer, PhD, MSW, MPIA, University of Pittsburgh
Today’s complex social problems require successful partnerships among academics, community partners, residents, government agencies, and policy makers. The goal of this workshop focuses on strategies for building successful community partnerships to address social issues that have become exacerbated by persistent inequities. Strategies will be shared from a 5-year collaboration among county government, community-based organizations and residents, schools of Social Work and Pediatrics, and a Children’s Hospital to address community violence and trauma through multi-level violence prevention interventions focusing on community resiliency and thriving (funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). This partnership addresses the stark increase in community violence in our region. For example, homicide rates increased by 43% in the city of Pittsburgh from 2019 to 2021, largely reversing the declines of previous years. Furthermore, Black men are victims in 66% of annual homicides on average, with most the ages of 18 and 34 years old, despite making up only 6% of the population (Allegheny County, 2022).

This workshop will discuss partnership strategies, including a county wide steering committee; community advisory boards, paid community organization partners, resident facilitators and mentors in target neighborhoods; and research strategies. The learning objectives are to (1) discuss strategies and principles for successful community intervention and research partnerships; (2) discuss challenges and lessons learned through a case study of a partnership addressing community violence and trauma; and (3) apply these strategies and principles to complex social problems in your own community using a deep dive worksheet and hands on activity.

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