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Community Partners in Care first Steering Council Meeting, Los Angeles, CA
Depression takes a toll on entire communities, especially in lower income neighborhoods. The UCLA Center for Health Services and Society, a research center for the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, is helping find ways to reduce that burden.
UCLA has joined with Santa Monica think tank RAND and 95 community-based agencies to form Community Partners in Care (CPIC), a five-year collaborative research project that aims to reduce the burden depression places on underserved communities and to help improve depression care in primary care, mental health, substance abuse, homeless, faith-based and community-trusted settings.
Once the research is completed, the lessons learned will be offered to the community through workshops. CPIC's goals include determining how to improve access to quality depression care through community-based organizations; bridging the gap in depression care in underserved communities; and trying to improve access for depression care, especially in low-income minority populations in South Los Angeles and the Hollywood/Metro area.
For more information, go to www.communitypartnersincare.org.
"There were many qualified applications from exemplary partnerships from our call for the 2015 Annual Award. Several were worthy of recognition but Community Partners in Care (CPIC) stood out as the best this year. Reviewers were overwhelming united in praising this partnership's depth, commitment to equitable decision-making, and modeling of CBPR/CPPR. In addition, several reviewers praised their wide range of partnership strategies and their creative means of working through conflict among partners. Their application had clear and definable examples of community capacity building as central to their partnership as was their desire for it to be built upon the identified needs of the community and thus propelled this partnership as the 2015 CCPH Annual Award Winner."
-Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
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