Communities for Wellness Equity: Implementing a Partnered Symposium to Identify Social Determinants of Health Priorities

Etsemaye P. Agonafer, Felica Jones, Andrea Jones, Savanna Carson, David L. Richards, Christopher Scannell, Patricia D. Soderlund, Kenneth B. Wells

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Background: Social determinants of health (SDoH) affect under-resourced communities. Such communities are seldom involved in defining and prioritizing local SDoH for policy action. Objectives: Apply community-partnered, participatory research (CPPR) to identify community stakeholder priorities for addressing SDoH in South Los Angeles. Methods: Over 10 months, CPPR was applied to develop a multi-sector partnership and working group to plan and host a symposium for community stakeholders. 148 individuals and 16 organizations participated and engaged in focus and symposium-wide discussions. Themes were identified through collaborative inductive content analysis. Results and Lessons Learned: Participants identified ten specific SDoH, such as housing, with structural racism and discrimination as the underlying cause. Conclusions: Using CPPR to gain community members’ insight about local factors that drive individual and community health is feasible and viewed by the community as socially responsible, suggesting it holds promise to address root causes of health inequality in under-resourced communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-117
Number of pages13
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Young-Brinn. This work was supported in part by NIH/

Funding Information:
Participants of the Communities for Wellness Equity partnered planning team: Arleen Brown, MD, PhD, Ish Bhalla, MD, Theodore Booker, Juanita Booker-Vaughn, Samantha Chen, Michael Coffee, Abraham Gallegos, MD, Tiffany Kenison, MD, Adjoa Jones, Lezel Legados, Alexis Malone, Anish Mahajan, MD, MS, Antonio Moya, MD MPH, Malon Murphy, Courtney Porter, Angela Russell, Stefanie Vassar, MS, Clarence R. Williams, Pluscedia Williams, and Angela Young-Brinn. This work was supported in part by NIH/ NCATS Grant # UL1TR001881.

Funding Information:
Dr. Scannell is supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations through the VA/National Clinician Scholars Program. The contents do not represent the views of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Johns Hopkins University Press.


  • Community-partnered participatory research
  • Health disparities
  • Socioeconomic factors/social determinants of health
  • Urban populations
  • Vulnerable populations

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural


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