The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4083.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 11:25 AM

Abstract #52780

Realities confronted, lessons learned

Ann-Gel Palermo, Mount Sinai-Institute for Medicare Practice, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2a, Box 1062, New York, NY 10029, 212-241-8886,, Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029, Amy Schulz, PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, 5134 SPH II, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, Sandra Ciske, MN, RN, Epidemiology, Planning and Evaluation Unit, Public Health - Seattle & King County, 999 Third Avenue, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98104, and Paula M. Lantz, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 109 Observatory, Room M3116, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029.

This session discusses the challenges faced by the three Urban Research Centers (URCs) and how diverse successful strategies were developed and utilized to confront these challenges in each of the URC sites. Among the primary challenges faced by the URCs were: (i) partners coming to the collaboration with different skills, trust, resources and commitments, (ii) disagreements and tensions about the use of financial and human resources, and (iii) dealing with a public health establishment that is not accustomed to adapting to community-based collaborative research methods. Strategies developed to deal with these challenges included (i) an honest dialogue to bridge differences between partners in the collaboration, (ii) sharing of resources (including project leadership) between academic, practice, and community partners, and (iii) ongoing involvement of funders, education of academic institutions, and promotion of community-based approaches with key opinion leaders and stakeholders. There are several successful strategies that may facilitate community-based participatory research in diverse settings. Partners in all three sites have learned that while there is no one way in which community-based participatory research should be carried out, it is important that a process and structure are put in place that ensure that all partners voices are heard.

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Disclosure not received
Relationship: Not Received.

The Urban Research Centers: Where the Public and Public Health Meet

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA