Voices from the community: Key ingredients for community collaboration

Lydia M. Franco, Mary McKay, Ana Miranda, Nealdow Chambers, Angela Paulino, Rita Lawrence

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When community members are allowed to participate in the planning and implementation process of a program, they are empowering themselves and their community. The CHAMP Family Program uses a collaborative programming approach with a focus on building the capacities of community members to deliver a family-based HIV prevention program. The CHAMP Program has a Collaborative Board that oversees all aspects of the research project. Using an empowerment framework, this article explores Community Board members' perspectives on their experience in working on CHAMP. Recommendations to researchers in the form of ten key ingredients for community collaboration are presented. The key points primarily focus on building trust with the community, recognizing community strengths, developing skills, building intragroup relations, and involving the community as partners from the beginning to the end.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity collaborative partnerships
Subtitle of host publicationThe foundation for HIV Prevention research efforts
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780203726150
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Community as partners
  • Community collaboration
  • Community empowerment
  • Family-based HIV prevention program
  • Recognizing and developing community strengths


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