Academic health centers (AHCs) are under increased pressure to demonstrate the effectiveness of their community-engaged activities, but there are no common metrics for evaluating community engagement in AHCs. Eight AHCs piloted the Institutional Community Engagement Self-Assessment (ICESA), a two-phase project to assess community-engagement efforts. The first phase uses a framework developed by the University of Rochester Medical Center, which utilizes structure, process, and outcome criteria to map CE activities. The second phase uses the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Self-Assessment to identify institutional resources for community engagement, and potential gaps, to inform community engagement goal-setting. The authors conducted a structured, directed content analysis to determine the effectiveness of using the two-phase process at the participating AHCs. The findings suggest that the ICESA project assisted AHCs in three key areas, and may provide a strategy for assessing community engagement in AHCs.
Vitale, Karen; Newton, Gail L.; Abraido-Lanza, Ana F.; Aguirre, Alejandra N.; Ahmed, Syed; Esmond, Sarah L.; Evans, Jill; Gelmon, Sherril B.; Hart, Camile; Hendricks, Deborah; McClinton-Brown, Rhonda; Young, Sharon Neu; Stewart, M. Kathryn; and Tumiel-Berhalter, Laurene M.
"Community Engagement in Academic Health Centers: A Model for Capturing and Advancing Our Successes,"
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: Vol. 10
, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol10/iss1/9