Developing Community Capacity and Improving Health in African American Communities

James M Raczynski, Carol E Cornell, Varena Stalker, Martha Phillips, Mark Dignan, Leavonne Pulley & Laura Leviton
Community-based programs have produced mixed results. Community capacity is thought to be a major determinant of program effectiveness. Thus, enhancing community capacity may increase the beneficial effects of existing programs and enhance future program effectiveness. This highlights the need to focus on understanding the components of capacity and the methods of enhancing capacity. Although we are just beginning to examine and understand key concepts, community capacity is probably influenced by both relatively nonmodifiable characteristics (such...
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