Geiger, Brian F.; Petri, Cynthia J.; Winnail, Scott D.; Whiting, Mary; Threadgill, Sheryl; Conner, Renee; Mason, J. Walter
June 1999
American Journal of Health Studies;1999, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p122
Academic Journal
Abstract: The problem of enteric infections and diarrheal illness led to a university-school system partnership. This paper describes the lessons learned when planning and implementing a needs assessment in a rural, southern, impoverished, and predominantly African American school system. The importance of gaining the trust and support of gate keepers and opinion leaders within the county school system is emphasized through specific examples. Steps outlined in this paper will aid others wishing to develop school-based interventions with poor, rural, minority communities. The intent of the authors is to renew the commitment of others to establish truly collaborative partnerships to initiate community-wide health enhancing initiatives.


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