265735 Growing through Community-Based Participatory Research: Experiences and Outcomes of the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) Partnerships with Academic Institutions

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Antonio Tovar, MA , Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, FL
Background: Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) has been, for the most part, developed by academic institutions in urban settings. In rural areas the implementation of CBPR project is a growing experience that fosters capacity building opportunities to overcome significant health disparities. Objective: The presentation describes the development and implementation of CBPR projects between a farmworker organization with academic institutions, while comparing stages, strategies, and outcomes of each project. Methods: CBPR processes/interactions between the FWAF and academic partners were documented through audio and visual recordings and/or note-taking. Community Advisory Board (CAB) meetings of each project were also subject to the same recording processes. Formative research of each project included participant observations, focus groups, surveys, and face-to-face interviews. Using critical historical analysis and comparative method analysis three CBPR projects are dissected to discuss pros and cons of the experience. Results: Each CBPR project focused on safety aspects of farm work; all projects had a Community Advisory Board; interaction between community and academic partners were regular and absent of conflicts; and each project brought important economic and human resources to the community organization. However, despite the positive aspects of the CBPR interaction, outcomes of the projects had mixed results as the equality of the partnership suffered from lack of transparency as to resource allocation and data management. Conclusions: Positive interaction of CBPR partners does not always translate into an effective benefit for the population they serve. However, CBPR project in rural communities have the potential of giving voice to an otherwise silent population.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe the processes on the development of three CBPR projects between a farmworkers community based organization and academic institutions 2.Compare each CBPR project described and its respective outcome. 3.Discuss the benefits and challenges face on developing CBPR projects on rural communities.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Participatory Action Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Project Director of the Partnership for Citrus Workers Health (a CBPR project between the Florida Prevention Research Center and the Farmworker Association of Florida) for the last three years, after serving as research assistant for the same project since 2006. I also participate in the CBPR project between the FWAF and Emory University. I am also the past char of the National Community Committee of the Prevention Research Center Projects.
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.