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Documenting the impacts of community based participatory research on health-promoting public policy: Lessons from a national study

Meredith Minkler, DrPH, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 140 Earl Warren Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-7360, 510 642-4397, mink@uclink.berkeley.edu and Victoria Adela Vsquez Breckwich, MPH, MA, DrPH(c), School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, 140 Warren Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Community based participatory research (CPBR) differs from more traditional approaches to inquiry in part because of its commitment to action as an integral part of the research process. Increasingly, such action includes efforts to promote health-related public policy. Yet to date, no national study has examined the evidence base concerning efforts to impact on policy through CBPR and their outcomes. This paper describes a multi-site case study analysis of 10 CBPR projects around the U.S. that have attempted to directly promote health-related public policy, highlighting the challenges faced and the outcomes achieved. The case studies include community- professional partnerships addressing diverse areas including environmental justice, substance abuse, disability access and food security. Project research methods and advocacy strategies will be discussed, as will the difficulties inherent in teasing apart CBPRs contributions to policy change from those of other stakeholders and environmental developments. The presentation will conclude with recommendations for other CBPR partnerships interested in working for public policy change on the local through the national levels.

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to

    Keywords: Participatory Action Research, Public Health Policy

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

    Translating Research into Changes in Policy and Decision-Making at the Federal, State and Local Level

    The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA