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Capstone Chair: Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH

Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University


The purpose of this study was to assess the collaborative process of the St. Elizabeth’s Wellness Collaborative (SEWC), and to identify any areas where the process could work better. The SEWC is a coalition of 6 organizations aimed at addressing the behavioral and physical healthcare needs of the St. Elizabeth’s/Diamond Street community in North Philadelphia. The Partnership Self-Assessment Tool (PSAT) is a 67 item survey which measures partnership functioning, and has been demonstrated to be valid and reliable. The survey measures strengths and weaknesses in partnership synergy, leadership, efficiency, administration & management, sufficiency of resources, partner participation, and partner satisfaction. The PSAT was distributed to a member of each of the 6 participating organizations, and anonymous results were analyzed according to instructions given with the PSAT. Of the 6 surveys distributed, 4 were completed. The SEWC scored well in all areas except sufficiency of financial resources, where results indicated that more effort was needed to maximize the partnership’s collaborative potential. Other areas for improvement that were identified include obtaining support from entities in the community that can affect the partnership’s plans, carrying out activities that connect multiple services, preparing materials that help partners make timely decisions, and potential conflicts between partners’ jobs and the partnership’s work. Results of the survey will be presented to SEWC leadership to help identify next steps in improving the coalition’s functioning.

Presentation: 17 minutes