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Defining and Assessing Organizational Competence in Serving Communities at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Thach, Sarah Brill and Eng, Eugenia and Thomas, James C. (2002) Defining and Assessing Organizational Competence in Serving Communities at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Health Promotion Practice, 3 (2). pp. 217-232.

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This study sought to develop an assessment tool to help health agencies enhance their capacity to provide sexually transmitted disease (STD) care to communities at risk and close the gap of racial disparities in health. Specifically, the study sought to (a) define the organizational competence of agencies serving communities at risk for STDs, and (b) develop a method to assess an agency’s organizational competence. In a rural Southern county, qualitative action research methods including key informant interviews, observation, and document review were used to assess four health agencies’ competence in responding to the needs of high STD-risk communities. Nine dimensions of organizational competence were identified: community participation, assessment of community needs, ensured access to services, community outreach, cultural competence, interagency collaboration, policy development, resource acquisition, and organizational commitment to serve. A competent organization was conceived as one that (a) is committed to serve, (b) works with communities at risk, (c) understands and appropriately responds to their needs, and (d) advocates on their behalf.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexually transmitted disease (STD); communities at risk; racial disparities in health; rural; community outreach; cultural competence
Subjects: Health
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
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    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 14:44
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/944

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