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Critical Reflections on Community-Campus Partnerships: Promise and Performance new

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Dana Natale, Kenneth Brook, and Todd Kelshaw. Partnership Perspectives, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH). Volume IV, Issue I. Winter, 2007.


This article assesses a three-year Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) at Montclair State University (MSU) in Montclair, NJ. With the support of systematic qualitative analysis, it shifts attention from the execution of community-campus partnering to practitioners’ capacities for reflection. Grounded in Sharon Welch’s (2000) conception of “risk” as a preferable alternative to “control,” this essay explores the MSU COPC project using a framework that provides an innovative means for creating, sustaining, and, fundamentally, understanding community-campus partnerships.

The essay begins with an overview of the MSU COPC, then summarizes the research methods and conceptual framework for analysis, and finally focuses on one aspect of the MSU COPC that illustrates the utility of adopting an ethic of risk in the partnering process.
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