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Partnership for a Better Roseland (PBR) is a collaboration of nine organizations conducting Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Northwestern University in Roseland, a low income African American community on the far south side of Chicago. PBR is a grassroots response which capitalizes on the strength of CBPR to address the increasing youth violence perpetrated in and around community schools. For almost three years PBR has built a strong collaboration through trust building, research training, assessment and creating the infrastructure needed to conduct research in Roseland. The progress of PBR has resulted in a research study (“Choose Life”) to assess the exposure and impact of violence among youth in the Greater Roseland community.
The mission of Partnership for a Better Roseland (PBR) is to coordinate the efforts of community and faith-based organizations to improve the health, safety and wellness of youth in the Greater Roseland community. Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP, is the convening organization for PBR through a Seed Partnership Building grant obtained in 2010 from the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) as well as an additional research capacity building grant through the Partnership for Empowering Research (PERCH 2). PBR is comprised of the following institutions:
Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP  ~ South Side Help Center ~ Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce ~ Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI) ~ Healthcare Consortium of Illinois ~ Roseland Community Hospital ~  The African American Family Association ~  Teach Them How
PBR research, training and partnership building activities include:
  • Prioritized health issues relative to Roseland youth ages 14 to 18;
  • Conducted CBPR and IRB capacity building workshops to all partners;
  • Adapted a needs assessment to administer for the “Choose Life” Youth Violence Prevention Study;
  • Developed mental  health resource list specific to the Roseland community;
  • Adapted, administered and analyzed a Community Readiness Assessment specific to the Roseland community to assess PBR partners research readiness;
  • Successfully submitted an application to the  Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Northwestern University which was approved;
  • Obtained Memorandums of Understanding from seven partnering CPS high schools representing the Greater Roseland community;
  • Conducted a poster presentation entitled “Utilizing CBPR to Address School-Related Violence in a Chicago Community” at the 2012 National American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Hosted (2) School Partnership Luncheons for principals and administrators from the seven Greater  Roseland high schools targeted for the study;
  • Hosted a training for “Choose Life” Youth Ambassadors on CBPR and recruitment strategies;
  • Presently hosting community “Choose Life” community awareness activities in preparation for survey dissemination.
  • Awarded a two-year Implementation grant in 2013 by the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC)

“Choose Life” Research Overview: examine and address school-related violence as a health priority among Greater Roseland youth ages 14-18; gather community specific youth violence data through qualitative analysis administered to Greater Roseland community high school students; classify and prioritize the factors associated with the violence experience of these Greater Roseland Community youth; and disseminate findings to key stakeholders for broader impact through community action plans, policy development, pilot activities and contribution to the research field.

The Principal Investigators are:

 Sherida Morrison, M.A.  Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH
 Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP  Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
 Community Co-PI  Academic Co-PI
 smorrison@demoiselle2femme.org  vbishop@northwestern.edu
 773-779-9371, ext. 301  312-503-2614
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