208721 Developing a Culturally Appropriate Training Program for Human Subjects Certification with Inner-City African American Community Health Workers

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 5:00 PM

Maghboeba Mosavel, PhD , Department of Social and Behavioral Health, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy, Richmond, VA
Catherine Oakar , Research Associate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Meia Jones, BS , MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Cleveland, OH
Karen Tabb, MSW , School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Ayella Shams , Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
In this presentation we explore lessons learned from developing a tailored Human Subject Certification (CREC certification) training curriculum to give voice, build capacity, and engage inner-city community residents in community health disparities research.

Current Institutional Review Board policy requires that all parties involved in research projects with data collection pass the human subjects certification exam. However, when working within lower socioeconomic status communities, access to education (e.g., computer literacy) and English language proficiency has the potential to impede human subject certification. Therefore, our project presents an innovative strategy for training inner-city community health workers.

The training program prepared 22 community residents with a basic research foundation and basic understanding of the regulatory procedures when conducting research. The trainings included research methods, NIH Human Subject Certification (CREC certification), communication, interview techniques etiquette, and self presentation over six extensive training sessions. The program had a 100% retention rate and all participants became certified. Moreover, the support shared and the comradeship expressed between the trainees in the training sessions was an unanticipated outcome of this project. Furthermore, we explore the lessons that we learned developing the tailored CREC curriculum to prepare, give voice, and build capacity for community health workers preparing to engage in health disparities research.

Learning Objectives:
•To identify the barriers in the community to engage in research •To identify the potential resources in the community health workers to complete NIH Human subjects certification •To articulate a method by which community health workers can engage in a critical reflection of self, illness, and community •To discuss how the mistrust of minority and poor individuals towards researchers can be decreased by building a relationship between researchers and participants

Keywords: Community Research, Certificate Program

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the study coordinator on this project
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.