Many people suffer from depression. Depression is an illness that can be treated. Communities need not only more options to treat depression, but the options need to be tailored to the needs of each community.
Community Partners in Care (CPIC) is a collaborative research project of community and academic partners working together to learn the best way to reduce the burden that depression places on our communities and other vulnerable populations. CPIC is taking place in the communities of South Los Angeles (SPA 6) and Hollywood-Metro LA (SPA 4). QueensCare Health and Faith Partnership and QueensCare Family Clinics are lead agencies in the Hollywood/Metro area.
CPIC asks the question of whether agencies and communities working together through a community engagement process is a better way of improving depression services and client outcomes than agencies working alone. Specifically, CPIC compares two approaches to support service agencies in our communities – (1) Community Engagement and Planning and (2) Resources for Services. First we will compare these two approaches in a research phase using a randomized design. This means that some agencies, in addition to receiving supportive resources to provide depression-related services such as outreach, case management, and treatment recommendations, will participate in a Community Engagement and Planning process. Agencies assigned to the Resources for Services group will receive the same supportive resources, but will not be part of a networked group. In this phase we will learn what strategies work best to deliver depression services and improve outcomes for clients. The research phase will be followed by a dissemination phase where we will share the results with the community and we will apply the lessons learned from the research phase by jointly offering workshops and sharing the most effective strategies with the community at large. CPIC is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health with additional support provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change program.
For more information on CPIC, please visit www.communitypartnersincare.org