Community Health Partnership Interview Paper
Amanda Brabble
HCS 413
February 1, 2011
Jeffrey Dodd

Failed attempts at health care reform have led organizations to engage in a variety of adaptive strategic responses. One response was the formation of community health partnerships. These partnerships are formed to strengthen and give stability to organizations having a difficult time standing alone.
Community health partnerships strive to improve local health and human services delivery to address community risk factors. A diverse array of organizations and stakeholders make up a partnership. The partnerships involve physician groups, insurers, schools, churches, etc. Measuring and tracking health status within a community, providing multifaceted services, developing community problem-solving capacity are activities included with a partnership.
Health service organizations normally play a leading role in community health partnerships. The Somerbridge community health partnership, the merger between Cambridge and Somerville hospitals, lead the partnership with the city of Cambridge department of health, city of Somerville community health office, community action agency of Somerville, Centro Tresente, and Cencillio Hispano. In the Jurupa community partnership, the Riverside county department of Public Social Services in California is the lead agency. Partnerships in their infancy phase concentrate on defining its purpose, recruiting its core set of partners, clarifying its interest and expectations of partners and building initial working relationships. The health care manager’s key role is establishing collaborative proficiency and building trust. Managers collaborate with others within the partnership to acknowledge their own strengths and weaknesses and to gain from the partnership. A manager will pass to his or her employees what they have learned.   The managers bring together all aspects of the partnership. They transfer this information to their...