Assessing a rural academic-community partnership using ripple effect mapping

Jennifer Taylor, Sarah Goletz, Jim Ballard

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As Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) expand their efforts to improve the distribution and diversity of the healthcare workforce, one common question is how these activities impact their local communities. Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) is an evaluation method designed to assess a program’s intended and unintended impacts, social capital, and partner reciprocity. This study used REM to uncover and explore the intended and unintended impact of a rural AHEC in a 14-county region. The findings of this study provide direction to the AHEC in relation to strengthening their partnerships, social capital, and improving the health workforce in their region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-45
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020


  • Area health education centers
  • community development
  • community/academic partnership
  • evaluation
  • impacts
  • outcomes
  • ripple Effect Mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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