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Research for Equity and Power (REP): Developing a Community Engaged Research Partnership to address Community Identified Issues

Ohmer, Mary and Tharp Gilliam, Shannah (2019) Research for Equity and Power (REP): Developing a Community Engaged Research Partnership to address Community Identified Issues. In: Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, March 29, 2019, Twentieth Century Club.

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Abstract

Low-income neighborhoods across the country are facing increasing pressures from neighborhood change, with gentrification occurring at twice the rate of the 1990s (e.g., including critical affordable housing shortages and rapid increases in home values), and wealth inequality among neighborhoods is rising (Maciag, 2015; Pendall & Hedman, 2015). Pittsburgh is facing similar pressures, including a shortage of 17,241 affordable units and significant increases in monthly rents from $500 to $794 and average housing values from $76,700 to $120,000 since 2007 (Keppler, 2017). Given these pressures, engaging residents around equitable development is critical to ensuring that all residents participate in and benefit from Pittsburgh’s economic transformation, especially communities that have historically faced the greatest inequities (Treuhaft, 2016).

Sutton (2014) argues that equitable development is fostered through “revitalization:” neighborhood change done from the bottom up with residents. Citizen engagement strategies ensure residents have an active role in their communities, which can also positively influence their health and wellbeing (Choi, 2019). Engaging youth and adults can also increase trust, social cohesion and community improvement (Camino, 2005; Zeldin et al., 2013).

While research shows that community development improves health and wellbeing, inclusive and equitable community development takes time, and neighborhoods are changing more quickly than residents can adapt. Deliberate strategies are needed to equip residents with the tools they need to influence equitable development.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ohmer, Marymlo51@pitt.edumlo51
Tharp Gilliam, Shannah
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Community and Governmental Relations
Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of the Provost
Date: 29 March 2019
Date Type: Completion
Event Title: Community Engaged Scholarship Forum
Event Dates: March 29, 2019
Event Type: Conference
Refereed: Yes
Official URL: http://cesf.pitt.edu
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 20:22
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2021 20:22
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/41236

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