Together we're stronger
Collaboration is a key element of the Community Partnership Program. In order to best understand, address and support Oregon communities and their cancer needs, the program encourages collaborations between grantees, outside organizations and various subject matter experts from OHSU.
To date, 522 partnerships have been supported by this program and have contributed to:
- Collaborative research
- Medical advising
- Curriculum development
- Increased expertise working with certain populations
Collaboration enhances project success
The quote on the right from a grantee illustrates a new partnership that was sparked during a Community Partnership Program training and collaboration event. More information about networking and capacity building can be found in the capacity building section.
"At the CPP training in Madras, I met the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Josephine County Prevention and Treatment Department. She became involved in our project; from providing funding for the project; helping create the survey instrument; performing data analysis; and having the Outreach Coordinators to use the data to develop unique programs at each school. Meeting at that workshop was a game changer for the project and the community!"
Creating and strengthening community partnerships across Oregon
The majority of Community Partnership Program projects are delivered by a primary grantee working in conjunction with multiple community-based partners. Many of these are first-time collaborations created specifically to support the project, while others are existing relationships that are strengthened through a new collaboration. A minority of projects are run and delivered by coalitions.
Grant review committee
The Community Partnership Program's review committee is comprised of numerous representatives from various cancer-serving institutions throughout Oregon, including OHSU. These reviewers are both cancer-related content experts and representatives of community organizations. These volunteers review proposals for merit according to NIH standards. All reviewers must recuse themselves from reviewing proposals submitted by organizations with which they collaborate and/or have existing relationships that present a real or perceived conflict of interest.
Representatives from the following organizations have donated many hours of time to review grants:
- American Cancer Society
- American Lung Association
- Central Oregon Health Council
- Columbia Gorge Health Council
- Crook County Health Department
- Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance
- Eastern Oregon University
- Good Shepard Health Care System
- Kaiser Permanente
- Killian Pacific
- Linus Pauling Institute
- Multnomah County Health Department
- Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc.
- Oregon Community Health Workers Association
- Oregon Health Authority
- Oregon Office of Rural Health | OHSU
- Oregon State University
- Portland State University
- Portland VA Medical Center
- Providence Health & Services
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington
- Samaritan Cancer Resource Center
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
- Tillamook Medical Group
- Western Oregon University
Collaborating with the Meyer Memorial Trust to improve health equity in Oregon
In 2014, the Community Partnership Program (CPP) received a grant of $500,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust for adding new program elements, creating an outreach strategy to reach a wide range of prospective applicants, and expand the capacity of the program's grantmaking.
The Meyer grant gave the program the opportunity to offer:
Capacity building training
The CPP partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network to bring an evidence-based seven module training to Oregon. The training, "Putting Public Health Evidence in Action", is specifically designed to help communities choose and implement impactful interventions to increase the impact of their work in cancer prevention, screening, and control.
The grant from Meyer allowed our team to visit communities across the state of Oregon and engage in dialogue with prospective applicants, previous applicants, grantees, and organizations that may not have considered applying. Visits to communities have taken the form of information sessions, presentations at regional collaborator meetings, one-on-one discussions, and site visits. The first priority with these visits has been to engage with organizations in geographic areas that have been underrepresented in applications or successful funding. As a result, the CPP has seen an increase in applications and funding being awarded in these regions.
Additional grant recipients
In January 2016, the CPP launched a special call to fund four $50,000 projects adapting specific evidence based approaches (EBAs) to reduce obesity at the community level by improving healthy food offerings at corner stores or promoting physical activity.
By funding projects using specific EBA frameworks, the program aimed to learn about how to better support Oregon communities in addressing their needs using tested approaches and to explore how we can work with our grantees on collective impact.
Four organizations implemented projects using the selected EBAs, with the support of dedicated technical assistance from OHSU faculty with expertise in the relevant area of work:
- Gorge Grown Food Network
- Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services
- North Central Public Health District
- Oregon State University, Union County Extension Service