Asian / Pacific Island Nursing Journal

Author ORCID Identifier

S. Robert Spence, Jr.https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7982-5819

Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3933-5532

Corresponding Author

S. Robert Spence, Jr.


Previous researchers reported ethical issues regarding collaborative activities, including needing additional time and financial burden, uncomfortable feelings related with power-sharing, and disempowerment among ethnic minoritized groups. The purpose of this brief article is to describe a critical foundational engagement project approach when gaining entrée into a Micronesian Islander community-based organization to co-develop a culturally relevant main project to improve rates of MI enrollment in early childhood learning (ECL) programs. ECL is an important factor in preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and developing resilience from ACEs. We built a sustainable community-academic partnership through culturally responsive team building and leveraged the collective strengths to address a community need. The engagement took half a year for relationship building and shared decision-making. Culturally responsive team building core exercises and team reflection should be considered as potential means for gaining entrée into a new team dynamic and community, especially when that team consists of multicultural and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Declaration of Conflicting Interests

No conflicts of interest exist.


The project was supported in part from the following grant funding. Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen- Truong, PhD, RN, Alumnus PCCN, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner Student Scholar S. Robert Spence, BSN, RN, and Dr. Jacqueline Leung, JD, MS, CHW, received the Delta Chi Chapter-At- Large Sigma Theta Tau International Scholar Award. Dr. Leung and Dr. Nguyen-Truong received the Health and Education Fund Impact Partnerships #19-02778, including Northwest Health Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Care Oregon, and Oregon Community Foundation, and also the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon through the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.