198567 Building the Capacity for Academicians to Partner in CBPR

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 1:15 PM

Nicole A. Thomas, MBA , Philadelphia Area Research Community Coalition, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Tara Hayden, MHSA , School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Lorraine Thomas , The Health Annex, Philadelphia, PA
Joseph Woodlock, BA , Shape It, Health Promotion Council, Philadelphia, PA
Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD MPH , Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
A fundamental principle of community-based participatory research is fostering co-learning and capacity building among all partners. Researchers committed to CBPR must understand the need to dedicate resources and time to building the capacity of community partners. This paper presents a multifaceted approach employed by the Philadelphia Area Research Community Coalition (PARCC) to recruit and teach the principles and methods of CBPR to junior and senior faculty and postdoctoral trainees of the University of Pennsylvania. Participants of training were identified through solicitations of leaders of Penn research centers, faculty development programs, and post graduate classes. PARCC identified members of its community based organizations who could participate in small group sessions, panels and lectures, and in planning and co-leadership of research projects with faculty partners. Over a period of three years, PARCC conducted several small group sessions designed to help academicians understand and appreciate the community's assets and perspective on research. A structure and orientation materials were developed for specific groups and classes. Ongoing meetings with community co-leaders assisted faculty in learning to expect and accept critical feedback from community partners. Academicians were asked to lead CBPR research methods sessions and were given instruction in communicating with member or community based organizations. Examples such as the relationship of PARCC with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and PARCC involvement in planning and leading several Center grants that conduct CBPR will be used to demonstrate lessons learned. The process has increased the interest, knowledge and skills in CBPR participation of targeted trainees.

Learning Objectives:
1.) Explain specific strategies used to connect and collaborate with academicians (junior and senior) for community-based participatory research. 2.) Describe the development and content of education & training curriculum for academicians. 3.) Formulate methods of evaluating the impact of academician training initiatives.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in all aspects of the strategic direction, collaboration development and coordination and training curriculum design for the Philadelphia Area Research Community Coalition (PARCC). My contributions to the projects, research and training activities which will be covered in this presentation are ongoing.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.