Online Program

Building capacities through CBPR: The wincart experience

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mandy LaBreche, MPH, Department of Health Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Cevadne Lee, School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Jacqueline Tran, MPH, DrPH(c), Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Garden Grove, CA
Paula H. Palmer, PhD, School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPH, Health Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Melody Swen, BA/BS(c), Public Health Studies - Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Introduction: Community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches are used to address health disparities via empowerment and capacity building among partners. Participants in the CBPR collaborative, Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (WINCART), were assessed for changes in perceived individual and organizational capacity. Objective: To better understand how the capacity and influence of community-based organizations involved in a CBPR collaborative change over time, and to explore factors that influence these changes at the individual and organizational levels. Methods: From 2005-2010, a longitudinal survey was administered at three time points to individuals working within partner organizations. Role/position within the organization and length of involvement in WINCART were examined to assess: organizational influence among cross-sector groups, skills development of staff, and organizational capacity of cancer control efforts. Data analysis examined changes in capacity. Results: Preliminary results indicate 53% (n=37) of respondents improved skills in cancer research and programming within one year, yet change from year 1 to year 5 only improved by 6% (n=87). Organizational influence on community cross-sectors and capacity of cancer control efforts within one year were 72.5% (n=73) and 87.9% (n=71), respectively; however, outcomes decreased at year 5. Further analyses will explore relationships between role/position within the organization and increased capacity, influence and skills development. Conclusions: Results suggest that CBPR can be effective in improving individual skills. However, further training and technical assistance is necessary to facilitate positive changes in organizational capacities. Implications for CBPR values of empowerment and capacity building will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Compare capacity building at the individual and organizational level. Discuss how personal respondent factors relate to capacity building. Describe who is most likely to benefit in a CBPR collaborative. Identify scales used to assess capacity building in CBPR.

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently the WINCART Program Manager at California State University, Fullerton. I have worked on multiple CBPR projects and health programs that address health disparities in the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other underserved communities. I have a special interest in CBPR and community capacity building.
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.