An Implementation Evaluation of the Community Engagement and Planning Intervention in the CPIC Depression Care Improvement Trial

Published in: Community Mental Health Journal, v. 50, no. 3, Apr. 2014, p. 312-324

Posted on RAND.org on May 13, 2013

by Dmitry Khodyakov, Mienah Zulfacar Sharif, Elizabeth L. Dixon, Peter Mendel, Bowen Chung, Barbara Linkski, Janis Bush Jones

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The goal of this paper is to document and evaluate the process of implementing an evidence-based depression intervention in community settings through the use of community-academic partnered approaches. We discuss how and to what extent the goals of community engagement and collaborative planning were achieved in the intervention arm of the Community Partners in Care study that aimed to adapt evidence-based depression care toolkits for diverse agencies in Hollywood and South Los Angeles. We find that partnered research strategies have a potential to effectively engage community members around depression and involve them in intervention planning activities. Our results suggest that successful collaboration among diverse agencies requires that they understand what is expected of them, are comfortable with the role they choose to perform, and have organizational support to contribute to the project. To facilitate the development of collaborative relationships, time and effort should be devoted to explaining how collaboration among diverse agencies may take place.

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