Georgia Southern Assistant Professor Implements a Community Empowerment Center
A collaborative study including Dr. Stacy Smallwood, assistant professor of community health at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, described the process of implementing a community empowerment center among residents of a low-resource neighborhood. The Community Empowerment Center used a community-engaged approach to build capacity among residents to develop and implement interventions focused on creating a healthier environment. The Center partnered with residents living in a public housing community and adjacent low-income neighborhood and provided support through a mini-grant program. A six-session training program guided community members in mini grant development; 25 individuals attended at least one session. Six grant proposals were submitted; three were awarded $12,000 each for intervention implementation. Findings offer a model for engaging residents from low-resource settings in intervention development, implementation, and sustainability for community health promotion.