195744 A Network Assessment of Community-based Participatory Action: Linking Communities and Academies to Reduce Cancer Disparities

Monday, November 9, 2009: 3:00 PM

Thomas W. Valente, PhD , Department of Preventive Medicine- Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA
Paula H. Palmer, PhD , Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA
Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH , Department of Health Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
This study reports the results of the Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training (WINCART) initiative designed to reduce cancer disparities among Pacific Islanders in southern California. WINCART used community-based participatory approaches to link existing Pacific Islander community groups to university/academic researchers in order to create a two-way communication path between community members and researchers. To evaluate WINCART's effectiveness, a network study was conducted among community members and researchers to determine if the network was strengthened. Results show that community based organizations (CBOs) increased their connectedness with one another and to academic groups, but academicians did not increase their connectedness to the network. Overall network density increased from 29 to 43 percent; and regression analysis showed a significant coefficient for links increasing from CBOs to Academic organizations (Beta=0.12, p<.05). Stochastic actor oriented (ERGM) were also calculated. Results from this study indicate the feasibility of significantly increasing community involvement in community-based participatory research efforts, and will be used to help WINCART strategize efforts to better address academic challenges to such collaborations.

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how to use social network analysis to evaluate CBPR. Evaluate a CBPR project in southern California designed to reduce health disparities for cancer. Analyze community-academic partnerships over time.

Keywords: Network Analysis, Community-Based Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am experienced in this field of analysis
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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