224650 Documenting the impacts of community- based participatory research on environmental justice policy: Findings from two multi-site case studies

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Meredith Minkler, DrPH , School of Public Health, UCal Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA
Analilia Garcia, MPH, DrPH (Cand) , DrPH Program, School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA
Community based participatory research (CPBR) differs from more traditional approaches to inquiry in part because of its commitment to action, often including policy action, as an integral part of the research process. This paper draws on findings from two multi-site case study analyses which together explored 16 CBPR partnerships, in California and across nation, that appeared to have made substantial contributions to helping promote healthy public policy. Two of the environmental justice case studies, from Harlem, New York, and Old Town National City, California respectively, then are used to demonstrate how community engagement both strengthened the research and helped in the translation and use of study findings to help promote specific policy measures designed to reduce exposure to toxic air contaminants and foster changes in the broader policy environment. The case studies also will illustrate the importance of enhancing procedural justice, as well as distributive justice, in environmental health policy efforts in low income communities of color. Key success factors across the 16 sites will be highlighted, as will challenges faced both in undertaking policy-focused CBPR for environmental health, and in teasing apart CBPR's contributions to policy change from those of other stakeholders and contextual factors. The presentation will conclude with recommendations for other CBPR partnerships interested in working to help move policy supportive of environmental justice on the local through the national levels.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1)List three advantages and three disadvantages of working for policy change as part of a CBPR process; 2)Describe how a multi-site case study design may facilitate the study of policy processes and impacts of CBPR; 3)Describe two examples of CBPR partnerships that have played a demonstrable role in helping to bring about a change in public policy; 4)List three recommendations for CBPR partnerships that wish to begin working in the public policy arena.

Keywords: Community Research, Environmental Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project director, and have contributed to this presentation.
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.