4351.0 Community Based Research: Informing and Influencing Health and Public Policy to Eliminate Health Inequality and Promote Social Justice

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Many factors contribute to the growing expectation for community participation in biomedical, public health and clinical research, the success of the CDC Prevention Research Centers and the vision of the NIH Roadmap among them. The expectations for researches and communities of the resulting research partnerships are almost always different, however they must reconcile their differences in ways that mutually benefit each of the partners. For many of these partnerships, community-based participatory research has been the preferred model for conducting research with communities that results in action and change. The health experiences of communities of color and minority populations; the resultant increased awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care; and their increasing morbidity and mortality from preventable chronic diseases that has resulted in their proceeding with caution as they engage in these community based research efforts that can and will make a difference in their communities and their quality of life. Many consider this inequality health of racial and ethnic minorities to be the civil rights and social justice issue of the 21st Century. The set of presentations in this session are examples of community based research efforts with these communities and populations that have had policy and systems level impact that made a difference.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be better able to: (1) Identify the elements of successful community academic research partnerships and apply them in practice; (2) Demonstrate and formulate plans for translating research into practice and policy; (3) Evaluate the opportunities for potential impact of research on informing and influencing public policy and promoting health equity
Elmer Freeman, MSW, PhD(c)

Black Women Breast Cancer Survivor SHADES Project
Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, Ebony Smith, MPH, Vanessa Loyd, PhD(c), RN, Judy Frain, RN, MS, Vici Schawaddy, BA and Tamar Hodges
Partnering with the faith-based African American community to collect health status data
Elaine Belansky, PhD, Grant Jones, Jini Puma, PhD, Ralph Kennedy, MSW, CCRP, Mark Hocker, CHW, Deborah Main, PhD, Lucille Johnson, MA and Julie Marshall, PhD
Public health research and action in public housing: An academic, community and government partnership
Lee Strunin, PhD, Eugenia Smith, BA, Rachel L. Goodman, MA and Gerry Thomas, MPH
Galvanizing Faith Leaders to Increase Access to Healthy Foods
Tiffany McDowell, PhD, Lindsey Cencula, MPH, Dwight Tillery, JD and Renee Mahaffey Harris

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)