The Cross National Health Collaborative (hereafter referred to as the Collaborative, or the CNCH, pronounced “Cinch”) is a program in development. The long term goal of the CNCH is to establish an applied research, training and technical assistance Collaborative between interested academic institutions and stakeholder organizations in the Baltimore-Washington Area and academic institutions and stakeholder organizations in Jamaica, and eventually the broader Caribbean.

CuSAG's Director, Dr. Whitehead, made considerable progress towards the development of the Collaborative through meetings with representatives from the University of West Indies, and from governmental and non-governmental organizations during his summer 2007 visit to Jamaica during the summer of 2007.  The initial name for the Collaborative was the US-Caribbean Collaborative, but CuSAG decided to leave it open because of the expectations that the Collaborative may grow to include other cultural areas of the world. A Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Maryland and the University of the West Indies was established in 2009, officially creating the framework for the Collaborative.

The immediate purpose of the Collaborative is the advancement of knowledge and methodologies for effectively addressing similar sets of health problems and risks for youth residing in both the US Baltimore-Washington and the Jamaica-Caribbean cultural areas through the exchange of existing knowledge, best practices, skills and resources. 

The development of the Collaborative is being pursued with the following objectives:

  • A focus on two youth health and gender topic areas: (a) youth reproductive and sexual health issues; (2) youth violence and crime, incarceration, and community reentry.
  • The establishment of a partnership between the University of Maryland and the University of the West Indies.
  • The development of the Consortium in Applied Ethnography and Community Health Sciences (The CAECHS) as the US based multidisciplinary participants in the Collaborative.   
  • The development of teams of participants from both cultural areas (US and Caribbean) for each of the focused topic areas (reproductive& sexual health, and violence, crime, incarceration, and community entry. 
  • The establishment of an internship/student exchange program that focuses on community and cultural assessment research, the design, implementation, and evaluation of community based initiatives, and youth health and gender issues in the two targeted cultural areas.  
  • The establishment of a list of courses offered by collaborating universities (US and Caribbean) that tend to facilitate training in community and cultural assessment research, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of community based initiatives, as they relate to  youth health and gender issues in the two targeted cultural areas.
  • The establishment of a series of 1-3 day workshops and 3-4 week intensive short courses in community and cultural assessment research, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of community based initiatives focusing on youth health and gender issues.
  • The establishment of technical assistance and collaborative projects in community and cultural assessment research and the design, implementation, and evaluation of community based initiatives focusing on youth health and gender issues in the two targeted cultural areas.

 

   

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