204207 Characteristics of strong academic/community partnerships in CBPR

Monday, November 9, 2009

Karen T. D'Alonzo, PhD RN , APNC , College of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
There is a growing interest in community- based participatory research (CBPR) methods to address issues of health disparities. Because the success of CBPR is dependent upon the formation of strong academic/community partnerships, it is helpful to identify those factors which promote successful partnerships, from the perspective of both investigators and community members.

This session will include presentations by a nurse researcher and community activist, each of whom has been involved in several CBPR projects. Topics of interest to academic researchers will include selection of community partners, degree of community engagement, moving from clinical collaborations to research projects, the community's role in problem identification, ”insider vs outsider” concerns and time commitment issues. Themes of interest to community members and community based organizations will include issues of trust, fear of exploitation, transparency, power sharing, empowerment strategies and the sustainability of the partnership. Presenters will offer strategies for addressing areas of disagreement and promoting collaboration. This is an interactive presentation and attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences in the development of CBPR partnerships.

Learning Objectives:
1) Participants will define two issues of interest to nursing researchers in the formation of academic-community partnerships 2) Participants will define two issues of interest to community members in the formation of academic-community partnerships

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have extensive experience in conducting reserach in the community setting
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.