The Building Equitable Partnerships Project of the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) has recently released its resource of “tools and lessons learned” based on a 2008 symposium. The resource offers profiles of partnerships that involve efforts around ensuring equity, anti-oppression and reduced harm. This is particularly relevant where power imbalances can exist between and within large organizations and smaller community-based agencies through discriminatory practices, inequitable distribution of resources or influence in decision-making.
The resource reflects a range of different projects and communities in Ontario with a common focus on mental health and addictions. The evolution of a partnership project is used as a framework for key theme areas including initiation, maintenance, evaluation and critical reflection. Overarching key principles and lessons learned precede the partnership descriptions and reflections on collaborative work.
See “Building Equitable Partnerships: Tools and Lessons Learned” atwww.knowledgex.camh.net.