Perspectives on Benefits and Challenges to Developing a Co-Teaching/Co-learning Exchange between Community and Academic Partners

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March 28, 2022
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**Published in Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP) 17.2. All rights reserved.**

ABSTRACT Background: To train future professionals in health disparities and social determinants of health, Academic Health Centers are using curricula exclusively developed and instructed by faculty. Objective: To examine the perceptions and attitudes of faculty and community stakeholders towards the benefits of and challenges to developing co/teaching/co-learning exchange programs. Methods: Faculty from six academic professional schools at a single institution and community members participated in focus groups. Interviews were video-recorded and reviewed for themes. Results: Both faculty and community participants felt that partnering in the design and implementation of lectures addressing the social determinants of health could enhance curriculum and provide real-world context for the learning experience. Conclusion: Our findings add to the literature examining the challenges of engagement between faculty and community and offer new insights on the value of co-teaching/co-learning experiences.