227510 CBOP A model for building community institutions for social justice in community-based participatory research

Monday, November 8, 2010

Lee Bell, AA , c/o Julie Allen, Prevention Research Center of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Bettina Campbell, MSW , YOUR Center, Flint, MI
E. Hill De Loney, MA , Flint Odyssey House Inc., Health Awareness Center, Flint, MI
Hydrian Elliott , Dort Oak Park Neighborhood House, Flint, MI
Kent Key, BBA, PhD (c) , Flint Odyssey House Health Awareness Center, Flint, MI
Arlene Sparks, MPA , GCCARD, Flint, MI
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) proposes a set of guiding principles that highlight the importance of understanding and attending to issues of power and empowerment in research. Often in CBPR, there is an imbalance in participation, influence, power, and viability among the partners. Community-based organizations and community-academic partnerships are frequently utilized as vehicles to conduct community health promotion interventions without attending to the viability and sustainability of CBOs or capacity inequities among partners. The Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP) a forerunner of the National Community Based Organization Network was organized to more strategically represent community members and voices. This presentation describes the history of CBOP and how it has evolved into an institution that represents community interests with one voice. CBPR cannot exist without community representation, but for CBPR to meet the needs and interests of the community it may be necessary for community voices and visions to be unified and consistent. When community perspectives are fragmented, they are weak and can be easily divided and marginalized. It is critical for community members to independently determine their goals and objectives so that they can effectively represent community needs and interests in community-academic partnerships. CBOP provides a model for organizing community voices and interests that can be replicated nationally. This presentation describes that structure and uses illustrative examples to highlight how having a unified community voice has been essential in navigating partnership politics and practices, and overcoming power imbalances. Cultivating community power is a key aspect of successful CBPR.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate how to build an authentic community voice in a CBPR partnership 2. Describe how and why CBOP was created 3. Explain the importance of developing a strong and unified community voice in a CBPR partnership

Keywords: Community-Based Public Health, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am one of the founding members of this organization.
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.