238981 Building Infrastructure and Community Capacity: A Descriptive Analysis of Developmental Prevention Research Centers

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Elizabeth M. Neri, MPH , Prevention Research Centers Program, ORISE/CDC, Atlanta, GA
Sharrice White-Cooper, MPH , Prevention Research Centers Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Jo Anne Grunbaum, EdD , Prevention Research Center Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Eduardo J. Simoes, MD, MSc, MPH , Prevention Research Center Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Prevention Research Centers Program (PRC) is a network of academic health centers that conduct prevention research in collaboration with public health and community partners. To help centers build prevention research infrastructure that facilitates community engagement, the PRC Program funded five developmental centers for the first time in 2010. Developmental PRCs are expected to build infrastructure and community relationships for implementing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) pilot study. The developmental centers offer CDC technical advisors the opportunity to observe and document the process of infrastructure and community-capacity building for prevention research.

Methods: Document review and key informant interviews with at least one representative from each developmental PRC were used to qualitatively describe how developmental PRCs build infrastructure, establish community relationships, and facilitate CBPR. A grounded theory approach was used to conduct analysis.

Results: The developmental centers existing infrastructure included faculty research experience and university resources. Variation between centers was most often seen in the strength of community relationships and processes of engagement. Respondents described challenges and successes in building infrastructure, facilitating community engagement, and implementing CBPR.

Conclusion: The results from this study identify important factors needed by an academic health center to build an infrastructure and develop working relationships with a community in order to implement a CBPR study. That information can be used to provide technical assistance and guidance to future Developmental PRCs and other academic centers seeking to build their CBPR capacity.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how the developmental PRCs establish infrastructure and community relationships. 2. Describe the successes and challenges of establishing community relationships. 3. Describe the facilitators and barriers associated with what the developmental centers planned to achieve and what they actually achieved in terms of building infrastructure and community relationships.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I developed and implemented the qualitative study on the Developmental Prevention Research Centers at CDC.
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.