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The Wilmington Partnership

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​The Wilmington Partnership is a place-based initiative between the University of Delaware and the City of Wilmington. Our partnership aims to utilize the research expertise of University faculty, staff and students to address the myriad of challenges and concerns identified by Wilmington community leaders, organizations and residents. Our partnership seeks to enhance the research experiences of the UD community, simultaneously enriching the well-being and life outcomes of Wilmington residents. 

UD-Wilmington Partnerships

Wilmington Street Participatory Action Research (PAR) Health Project

The Street PAR Health Project is a street participatory action research (Street PAR) project designed to explore to what extent health and structural opportunity is predictive of experiences with and attitudes toward physical violence in a community sample of street identified Black youth and adults ages 16-to-54 in the Northside, Westside, sections of Wilmington, Delaware. The Street PAR Health Project collected community-level data in the following forms: (a) community survey packets (b) blood pressure tests; (c) individual interviews; (d) dual interviews; (e) group interviews; and at least (f) two dozen field observations of street identified Black youth and adults in these two neighborhoods. Additionally, we have implemented a robust “action” or activism agenda that runs concurrent with or complements the empirical study. Action programs will also include organizing a health festival, street art exhibition and a street outreach campaign to not only bring attention to violence and structural opportunity, but also to educate local residents about the prevalence of “food deserts,” hypertension, diabetes, exercise as well as dental and health care.

PI: Yasser A. Payne, PhD; Co-PIs: Leroi Hicks, MD and Ann M. Aviles, PhD


Wilmington Community Asset and Resource mapping: An Analysis of the Resources Available to Residents of the City of Wilmington, Delaware 

This research brief summarizes the first stage of a resource mapping project that focuses on determining what public and nonprofit community resource institutions are in Wilmington, what types of services they provide, who they serve, where they are located, and how their location and operation corresponds to the needs of the city’s children and low income families. A key step in this effort was to evaluate current Wilmington community assets and resources and the extent to which they serve the needs of low income families.

The Meeting the Needs of Students in Poverty Committee


Public Policy Partnership

University of Delaware (UD), Delaware State University (DSU) and the City of Wilmington (CITY) will work together to explore, identify and define opportunities to cooperate and collaborate together as key institutions addressing the most compelling challenges and opportunities faced by the City of Wilmington. This partnership will actively encourage innovative and collaborative community engagement initiatives, projects and opportunities dedicated to the public good at the stakeholder levels within each institution (including, as appropriate, with individual colleges, research centers faculty, staff, students and alumni) within the university communities and with City Council, the Office of the Mayor, departments, commissions, and other appropriate stakeholder groups inside and outside of the city of Wilmington that are consistent with the mission, purpose and resources of each institution.

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