227600 Applying community-based participatory research to local policy change: Lessons learned from a social justice, regional foundation

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

R. David Rebanal, MPH , School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
There is a growing recognition amongst public health practitioners that community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships are uniquely qualified to devise and propose healthy public policies that promote health equity and reduce health disparities, while improving capacity for communities to advocate for healthy conditions and support healthy behaviors. However, there is still a need for rigorous and practical examples of the application of CBPR to influence policies. Furthermore, funders who support CBPR to advance public policy agendas can often face challenges in effectively allowing for the CBPR processes to unfold.

Since 2003, Northwest Health Foundation, a non-profit, philanthropic community foundation based in Portland, Oregon, has been supporting local CBPR efforts to build community capacity for advocacy for public health policies, as well as to support dissemination of CBPR results to drive systemic and policy changes that promote health equity and decrease health disparities. We describe three CBPR case studies whose outcomes have informed local policy agendas. These include a CBPR health impact assessment aimed at state legislation to reduce vehicular use, improve physical activity, and reduce air pollution; a study to explore new methods for how local government collects data on people of color that directly impacts funding policies for community-based organizations; and a study aimed at reducing mold exposure among low-income tenants through county rental housing policies. We will also discuss key lessons learned for assuring the principles of CBPR are upheld within a participatory policy research process, giving recommendations for both funding institutions and CBPR partnerships seeking funding.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1.To compare process outcomes of three specific case studies that have applied CBPR to inform a policy agenda related to capacity building, and trust between community and research partners. 2.To discuss policy outcomes from our investments in CBPR partnerships as they relate to health promotion practice, as well as policy and systemic changes. 3. To describe key recommendations for how funders can better support CBPR processes that lead to local policy changes.

Keywords: Community Capacity, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have presented and lectured at several conferences and meetings on various topics in public health. I have attended seven APHA conferences in the past six years, and am familiar with the audience. I helped found a Funders Interest Group in CBPR with Community-campus Partnerships for Health. Lastly, I have over 12 years of public health experience, including working at NYC Dept. of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon State Department of Human Services, and now, the Northwest Health Foundation in Portland, OR.
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.