Online Program

African americans in health science research: A university, community and faith-based model

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Kathy Goggin, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Jannette Berkley-Patton, PhD, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Delwyn Catley, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Sally Neville, RN, MSN, HIV Primary Care and the Midwest AIDS Training Education Center, Kansas City Care Clinic, Kansas City, MO
Eric D. Williams, Rev, Calvary Community Outreach Network, Kansas City, MO
Carole Bowe-Thompson, B.S., Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Andrea Bradley-Ewing, MPA, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Robin J. Liston, MPH, CHES, National Research Network, American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, KS
Amanda Seley, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Eliminating health disparities that impact African Americans is a major public health priority. Churches reach over 50% of African Americans each week and may be ideal partners to increase reach and impact of health research in their communities, but effective models for engaging them with researchers are lacking. We developed a network coordinating entity (“Heartland Health Network”) to create linkages between health researchers, faith-based organizations, and community-based health organizations with the aim of increasing their capacity to collaboratively engage in health science research. With funding from NIMHD, we have assisted our partners by: 1) enhancing communication and partner relationships through strategic introductions and annual meetings, 2) providing mini-grants to increase faith-based partners' technology, organizational, and grant-writing capacity, 3) providing a workshop series of topics (e.g., program development, evaluation, grant-writing) to enhance faith/health partners' organizational capacity, 4) providing a ‘Lunch and Learn' workshop series to stimulate health researchers' interest in and capacity for community-engaged research, 5) funding partnership development grants that lead to grant submissions, and 6) providing technical assistance to all partners. After 2.5 years, we have engaged 60+ organizations, hosted 163 individuals at our annual meetings, engendered numerous partnerships, received mini-grant applications from 48 organizations, funded 26 mini-grants, and contributed to 33 extramural grants submissions and 6 funded proposals. This partnership model with a central network coordinating entity appears to viably and effectively increase health research partnerships between academic researchers and faith/community organizations. We will discuss lessons learned on successful (and not so successful) strategies involved in these efforts.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe successful strategies for engaging African American faith-based organizations. Identify successful strategies for stimulating health researchers’ interest in community engaged research. Identify challenges in efforts to enhance health science research collaborations between faith, health, and academic organizations.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership, Faith Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Kathy Goggin is Curators’ Professor of Psychology and Director of the HIV/AIDS Research at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Goggin’s research focuses on the use of behaviorally based counseling strategies to promote health behavior change including antiretroviral adherence, HIV prevention, smoking cessation, and health screenings. Her work is also notable for its focus on community-based translational research efforts that directly impact various healthcare settings and community based service organizations.
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.