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Project REECH - Reducing the Divide between Researchers and the Community

Project REECH

The main goal of Project REECH (Research Engagement and Education for Community Health), a community engagement project, is to reduce the cultural knowledge divide between researchers and communities by a) partnering with community organizations for bidirectional research dialogues and b) jointly conduct a research project that addresses a community-identified health concern in an effort to reduce health disparities in Cleveland. Along with its nine community partner organizations Project REECH has successfully held six community conversations in the Hough and Detroit-Shoreway neighborhoods.

In the first year over one hundred stakeholders participated in the community conversations including community residents, faith-based leaders, health professionals, policymakers (e.g., city council), practitioners, professors, and other academics. On May 22nd and May 29th of 2008 Project REECH hosted a “report-back” highlighting the themes, and salient issues voiced by the community through the use of theater and acting as a medium for dissemination.

Voices to Action

Voices to Action (a name inspired by a community resident) is the report-back component of Project REECH. After engaging in multiple dialogues with various community residents, actors performed a series of short skits based on the myths, beliefs and personal experiences voiced in the community. In addition to community residents, academics, professionals and policy makers attended both Voices to Action report back “informances.”

Graphic Record

Graphic facilitator, Elizabeth Warren, listened to audience responses to the short skits during the Voices to Action report back “informance” sessions and created a graphic record or pictorial of the session as it unfolded.

During the first Voices to Action in the Detroit-Shoreway community the emergent themes surrounded community partnerships.

During the second Voices to Action in the Hough neighborhood the emergent themes surrounded research agendas and the academic ivory tower.

Posted by: Staff on July 01, 2008
Category: Graphic Record; Project Reech; Voices to Action

Voices to Action

Project REECH invites all interested researchers to attend:

Voices to Action. A report back on conversations held with community residents of the Hough neighborhood. This presentation will include Playback Theater.

Date: Thursday May 29th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Imani Temple Church. 1855 Ansel Rd. Cleveland.

Attend and hear about the types of research community residents would like to see conducted in their neighborhoods.

RSVP to Karen Tabb by phone at 216-778-7332 or ktabb@metrohealth.org

Community Partners:
Fellowship Missionary Human Development Center
Famicos Foundation
NEON
Faith Temple Imani Church
Footprints for Girls
Lexington Bell Community Center

Posted by: Staff on May 22, 2008
Category: Project Reech; Research; cbpr; community development; playback theater

Voices of Action - The Big Day

Project REECH (Research Engagement and Education for Community Health) is hosting a community meeting on health and health issues.

Date: Thursday May 22nd at 5:30 p.m.
Location: WSEM - 5209 Detroit. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

For more information call 778-7332.

All participants will receive a gift for attending the session.

Sponsored by:
The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
The Center for Reducing Health Disparities
Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center
El Barrio
West Side Ecumenical Ministry
Spanish American Committee

Posted by: Staff on May 21, 2008
Category: Project Reech; community health