251893 Influence of Behavioral and Social Intervention Research on Community Oral Health: Reaching Communities, Touching Lives

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:30 PM

Cynthia Agyemang , College of Dentistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Establishing a relationship between researchers and the communities they study is mutually beneficial. Some of the benefits to the communities include establishing a working relationship with someone who is part of the research team, a sense of pride and accomplishment in the participant as well as in the community from seeing the results of their participation, and an increase in knowledge of the conditions studied. Some of the benefits to the researchers are having someone who will help bridge the gap between the researcher and the community, improve data quality, and to bring a sense of good relationship if there is a need to re-enter the area. Critical components of a working relationship between researchers and communities will be discussed with a focus on identifying stakeholders and community members. The successful CBPR program to be discussed is: The study of, Removing Barriers To Screening For Mouth & Throat Cancer. Specific issues that were addressed included A. Concern among the community partners about the communities about the manner in which subjects would be recruited. B. Identifying barriers to accessing mouth and throat cancer screenings. C. Insights into conducting door to door interviews and the who the research assistants would be. As a result of the participation of the community, the research question was refined as was the methodology.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe how the community-based participatory research [CBPR] directly benefit those who engage in the research as well as the general public? List the critical components of a working relationship between researchers and communities? Describe a successful CBPR program.

Keywords: Oral Health, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a community liaison for the University of Florida College of Dentistry with experience in building relationships between researchers and the community.
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.