Elements of an Authentic Partnership
Over the last 15 years, CCPH has studied, examined, engaged in, and evaluated what makes partnerships work, sustain authenticity, and achieve the change they want to see in their community.
This figure aims to show how authentic partnerships best exist within a space that includes four specific elements:
1) Guiding Principles of Partnership
2) Quality Processes
3) Meaningful Outcomes
4) Transformative Experience(s)
These four elements represent a synthesis of the experiences of seasoned community and academic partners engaged in partnerships and on the extensive work of CCPH since its first set of principles were released on 1998. Each element is further described with the intent to guide the development of new partnerships and to support existing partnerships that do not feel they are fully self-expressed as authentic partnerships.
Meaningful outcomes that are tangible and relevant to communities. For example: eliminating health disparities, creating affordable housing, closing the education gap and revitalizing rural economies.
Quality processes that are relationship focused; open, honest, respectful and ethical; trust building; acknowledging of history; committed to mutual learning and sharing credit.
Occuring at multiple levels, including:
Personal transformation (e.g. self reflection and heightened political consciousness)
- Institutional transformation (e.g. changing policies and systems)
- Community transformation (e.g. community capacity building)
- Transformation of science and knowledge (e.g. how knowledge is generated, used and valued and what constitutes “evidence” and “ethical practice”)
Political transformation (e.g. social justice)
If you use any content from this Position Statement, including the guiding principles, please use the citation below and let us know by email how you used the information and if it was helpful to you in any way.
Citation: CCPH Board of Directors. Position Statement on Authentic Partnerships. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, 2013.
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