CAPACITY-BUILDING, RESOURCES, & OPPORTUNITIES FOR POPULATIONS (CROPs)
Established in 2016, CROPs' vision is "building the capacity of people & populations to be healthy and well," its mission is "to cultivate, empower, and support the capacity and skills development of vulnerable populations and the people or organizations serving these important populations - improving people's self-efficacy, wellness, and well-being."
CROPs' leaders believe building a person's self-efficacy can improve their well-being.
CROPs' scope of work focuses on three target populations/vulnerable communities:
Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) I Same-gender Loving, Trans, and Queer (SGLTQ) people I Persons affected by Behavioral Health issues
Earl N. Benjamin-Robinson, DrHSc, CPH
Michael L. Benjamin-Robinson, DSW, LCSW-BACS
CROPs' leaders believe building a person's self-efficacy can improve their wellness and well-being. The Health Belief Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, Theory of Possible Selves, and Organizational Change Theory, to name a few, inform CROPs leaders' understanding of people's self-efficacy and organizational factors that affect individuals' self-efficacy.
Police Brutality in Baton Rouge’s African-American Community Convening Report Summary - 2016, written by BACH Principals - Drs. Benjamin & Robinson, this report is a summary of CROPs' CBPR efforts that took place in 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The catalyst and actions that led to the convening were the shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers - REPORT. They also developed and wrote the 2019 East Baton Rouge Parish
Ending The HIV Epidemic Needs
Assessment Report - REPORT.
CROPs' BACH Community Health Institute (BACH-CHI) has been created to support physical and mental well-being by aiding people and communities via the institute’s resources and coordination in a) maintaining and improving health, b) preventing the spread of infectious diseases, and c) promoting the awareness and utilization of resiliency/protective factors; thus, the institute's mission is "to train and aid community members in sharing health information and resources to get people and communities to act." Learn more here.
BACH's CROPs BPEE Series are events, activities, and mediums that focus on same-gender loving (SGL; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual), trans, and queer people's health disparities and resilience. The series' inaugural event, The BPEEtalks, took place November 25th at the New Orleans Jazz Market - event pictures.
Drs. Benjamin & Robinson have facilitated lectures on priority populations at Jackson State University, Tulane University, Dillard University, Binghamton University, Southern University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Loyola University Chicago. A past Tulane lecture - "A Symptom of Bigger Issues: Exploring Black LGBT Health Disparities", can be heard here.
CROPs' partner BACH Therapeutic Counseling Services (in conjunction with Heart 2 Heart Counseling and Consulting) offer FREE bi-monthly support group sessions for a) transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community members and b) SGL/Gay Black Men. The groups are facilitated by Alaiyia Nicole Williams, DSW candidate, LCSW, and Michael L. Benjamin-Robinson, DSW, LCSW-BACS. To learn more information, click here.