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October 2000


This article has been peer-reviewed. It was originally published in the Journal of Community Health Nursing, 2000, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 201-209 (doi: 10.1207/S15327655JCHN1704_2). Copyright is retained by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (LEA) . Readers must contact LEA for permission to reprint or to use this material in any form beyond fair use guidelines.


This article describes an international, interdisciplinary, university partnership project to collaborate with health professionals in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania, to improve the health status of Romanian workers. Academic and service-based public health nurses from the United States used the model of community competence in outlining the nursing aspect of the project. This model guided the assessment, objectives, collaborative activities, and the outcome evaluation of the project. The dimensions of the model (e.g., commitment, self-other awareness, articulateness, conflict accommodation, management of relations with larger society, and leadership) were used within the context of the political and social environment of the international community.

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