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Organizational and health promotion benefits of diaper bank and community-based organization partnerships


  • Massengale, Kelley E.C.
  • Erausquin, Jennifer Toller
  • Old, Michelle


The Diaper Bank of North Carolina provides a supplemental supply of free disposable diapers, baby wipes, and diaper rash cream to low-income families. Rather than providing the diapers directly to families in need, the diaper bank formed partnerships with service-providing community-based organizations (CBOs) that distribute the diapers to their own clients. During a multi-phase mixed methods evaluation, we conducted qualitative key informant interviews with staff members (n=9) of CBOs that distribute diapers. Analysis of the interviews informed development of an electronic survey distributed to CBO staff members (n=42) who did not participate in key informant interviews. Key findings demonstrate the provision of diaper bank diapers allowed CBOs to assist families in meeting a basic need while: (1) positively impacting their organization and program budgets, (2) enhancing communication with clients, (3) improving program retention, (4) teaching problem solving and critical thinking skills, and (5) connecting families with other services.

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  • Massengale, Kelley E.C. & Erausquin, Jennifer Toller & Old, Michelle, 2017. "Organizational and health promotion benefits of diaper bank and community-based organization partnerships," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 112-117.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:76:y:2017:i:c:p:112-117
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.03.004

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