Baltimore CONNECT: A randomized trial to build partnership between community organizations and a local health system

Albert W. Wu, Sandra Hwang, Christine M. Weston, Chidinma Ibe, Romsai T. Boonyasai, Lee Bone, Lopa Basu Do, Isaac Lief, Janice Gentry, Leon Purnell, Michael Rosenblum

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Background: Community-based organizations (CBOs) are key partners in supporting care, but health systems and CBOs operate in silos. Baltimore Community-based Organizations Neighborhood Network: Enhancing Capacity Together (CONNECT) was a randomized, controlled trial based on the core tenets of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) African Partnerships for Patient Safety Community Engagement (ACE) approach. Objectives: We describe a research protocol and lessons learned from a partnership between Johns Hopkins Health System and 11 CBOs. Methods: Baltimore CONNECT involved 22 CBOs in East Baltimore randomized to a co-developed intervention bundle versus control. Data were from review of notes and minutes from meetings, and discussions with each CBO on value added by intervention elements and on impact of the project. Lessons Learned: It is feasible to engage and maintain a network of CBOs linked with a local health system. Conclusions: The WHO ACE approach supported development and sustainment of a network of organizations linking health care and social services across East Baltimore.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-306
Number of pages10
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Cluster randomized controlled trial
  • Community engagement
  • Community health partnerships
  • Community-based organizations
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Reverse innovation
  • Social determinants of health
  • Urban health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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