227539 Community Led Study on Factors that Affect the Conduct of CBPR in an Academic Setting

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rosita Romero, MSW , Executive Director, Dominican Women's Development Center, New York, NY
Joyce Moon-Howard, DrPH , Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY
Beatriz Mieses-Hernandez, MPA , Dominican Women's Development Center, New York, NY
Alejandra N. Aguirre, MPH , Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University, New York, NY
Fern Hertzberg, MSW , ARC Fort Washington Inc., New York, NY
In partnership with investigators from Columbia University's Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, community investigators from two local community-based organizations, Dominican Women's Development Center and Washington Heights-Inwood Council on Aging are leading the study to identify and explore factors within the academic medical center that affect the conduct of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Methods: Data for this investigation is based on key informant interviews with 21 senior and highly influential academic investigators with varying experience working with community partners on research. Of the 21 key informants, 12 are men, 9 are women, 16 are full Professors, and 5 are Associate Professors. In keeping with the principles of CBPR, a focus of the study was devoted to research capacity development through a series of training seminars in qualitative surveys, interviewing techniques, and qualitative analysis with full participation and attendance by all partners. As per the protocol, the study team's community researchers led the recruitment of key informants, logistical coordination of the interviews, and conducted the interviews. Results: To date, 95% of informants have been recruited and interviewed with only one refusal due to time constraints. Preliminary analyses point to narrow perceived roles of CBOs in research, lack of experience in research dissemination, and a need for cultural competence among research staff as areas for future interventions. Conclusion: This study aims to provide a menu of techniques for researchers that would build trust, foster mutual confidence and respect, and facilitate the participation of lay communities in the health research endeavor.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. List 4 factors that affect the conduct of CBPR in an academic medical center.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Community Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Community PI on this NIH grant. I am also the Executive Director of the Dominican Women's Development Center.
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.