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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3359.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 4:30 PM

Abstract #109186

Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center: The use of a community-based participatory research approach for reducing health disparities

Barbara A. Israel, DrPH1, Richard L. Lichtenstein, PhD2, Paula M. Lantz, PhD1, Angela G. Reyes3, Jerutha Kennedy4, Donele Wilkins5, and Robert McGranaghan1. (1) School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, 734-764-9494, ilanais@i.imap.itd.umich.edu, (2) Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, 109 S. Observatory, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, (3) Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, 1211 Trumbull St., Detroit, MI 48216, (4) Harper/Gratiot MultiService Center, Neighborhood Service Organization, 9641 Harper, Detroit, MI 48213, (5) Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, 8469 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214

The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC) is a community-based participatory research partnership (CBPR) involving representatives from academia, community-based organizations, the local health department and an integrated care system in Detroit, Michigan. The URC is celebrating its tenth anniversary of working together to gain an increased understanding of the social and physical environmental factors that contribute to health disparities in the African American and Hispanic communities involved, and to engage in innovative community-based approaches to program planning, policy development and service delivery aimed at reducing these disparities. The URC has developed and implemented over fifteen CBPR projects, each of which is guided by its own Steering Committee, and operates in accordance with the CBPR principles adopted by each of the partnerships, in which all partners are actively engaged in and share ownership and control over these CBPR endeavors. In this presentation, we describe the URC partnership, CBPR and its core principles. We examine the ecological model of health and how its emphasis on multiple units of practice (e.g., individual, family, organizational, community, societal) and the complex set of determinants of health and disease (e.g., biomedical, social, economic, cultural, physical environmental), have informed and guided the CBPR efforts of the URC. Based on the results of the evaluation conducted of the partnership process, we will analyze the evolution, integration and synergy that has occurred across the CBPR projects, and highlight the lessons learned and value after ten years of having a Center structure promoting CBPR initiatives aimed at reducing health disparities.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participants will be able to

Keywords: Partnerships, Community Research

Related Web page: www.sph.umich.edu/urc

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

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The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center: The Use of Innovative Partnership Approaches to Reduce Health Disparities

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA