Strategic Collaborative Partnerships to Improve Immigrant Chinese Community Health: A Case Study

Sumie Okazaki, Stephanie N. Wong, Benjamin L. Kaplan

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The present study used a qualitative case study method, supplemented with a brief survey measure, to explore how university-based, coordinated strategic partnerships contributed to the process of culturally adapting and implementing evidence-based health programs. These programs aimed to improve the well-being of low-income immigrant families traditionally underserved by health interventions. Our case study examined a university-initiated coordinating council that oversaw 3 separate evidence-based health prevention interventions designed to reduce childhood obesity, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, and promote health and behavioral outcomes among low-income immigrant Chinese families. Each project used community-based participatory research (Israel, Schulz, Parker, & Becker, 1998) approach to culturally adapt and implement the interventions. We used content analysis to examine archival data (e.g., council meeting notes and transcripts and project progress reports) and interviews with 4 council members, supplemented with a brief survey of council effectiveness rated by the council members (N 19). We found that having a centrally coordinated council to oversee multiple community-based participatory research health programs appeared to add unique values to the success of each individual program, specifically by promoting a sense of shared learning around cultural adaptation specific to urban, low-income Chinese American families, and by identifying and collaborating to improve social determinants of community health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-350
Number of pages12
JournalAsian American Journal of Psychology
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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Community-Based Participatory Research
Health
Social Determinants of Health
Tobacco Smoke Pollution
Asian Americans
Pediatric Obesity
Israel
Learning
Interviews
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Chinese American
  • cultural adaptation
  • immigrants
  • public health intervention

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  • Psychology(all)

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Strategic Collaborative Partnerships to Improve Immigrant Chinese Community Health : A Case Study. / Okazaki, Sumie; Wong, Stephanie N.; Kaplan, Benjamin L.

In: Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 4, 01.12.2017, p. 339-350.

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