223126 Community-centered learning: A pedagogical approach to building research capacity in community-based organizations

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Carolyn Leung, EdD, MA , Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute, Tufts Medical School, Boston, MA
Linda Sprague Martinez, MA, MA , Community Health Program, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Jocelyn Chu, ScD, MPH , Institute for Commnuity Health, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA
Doug Brugge, PhD , Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Karen Hacker, MD, MPH , Institute for Community Health, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA
Alex Pirie, BA , Somerville Community Corporation, Immigrant Services Provider Group/Health, Somerville, MA
Beverley Russell, PhD , Community Home Care Services, Boston, MA
Laurel Leslie, MD, PhD , Floating Hospital for Children and The Health Institute, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
Efforts are underway around the country to find meaningful ways to engage communities in the research enterprise. Leaders in community-based organizations have voiced their intention to do more than merely help academic investigators recruit for research studies in their communities without community input. Instead, community-based leaders want the knowledge and skills to sit at the table with academic investigators and collaboratively plan and implement the research projects that affect their communities. In Boston, three academic medical institutions with Clinical Translational Science Awards and two community partners have come together to collaboratively design and implement a community-based training curriculum. Building your capacity: Advancing research through community engagement aims to build the capacity of community-based organizations to participate in research partnerships. Ten community agencies that addresses a range of community health needs make up the first cohort of this training program. This training builds on the strengths, resources and opportunities inherent among these community-based leaders and offers opportunities to strengthen academic-community partnerships. This paper focuses on the planning process to develop a community-based curriculum to meet learner's needs. The planning process with academic and community stakeholders included baseline interviews with training participants about their needs, expectations, and hopes for the training program. Observational data from the training sessions will supplement the interviews. Preliminary data and analysis from the first cohort including the process of creating a collaborative learning community will also be shared. This presentation will provide concrete strategies for developing a community-centered training program and recommendations for future interventions.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain how to start a community-based training program to train community leaders how to engage in CBPR Identify strategies for creating an asset-based, community-centered training program that builds research capacity in local communities

Keywords: Community Capacity, Community Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Program Manager for this community capacity training program.
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.