Online Program

Developing and evaluating the community empowered research training (CERT) program: Building research capacity for community-initiated and community-driven research

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Catlin Rideout, MPH, Section for Health Equity, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Nadia Islam, PhD, NYU Center for Study of Asian American Health, New York, NY
Yumary Ruiz, PhD, MPH, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, New York, NY
Shao-Chee Sim, PhD, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, New York, NY
Winston Tseng, PhD, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, CA
Won Kim Cook, PhD, Research, Evaluation & Data Division, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, CA
Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, Center for the Study of Asian American Health, Institute of Community Health and Research, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
The Community Empowered Research Training (CERT) program is an academic-community partnership whose aim is to strengthen the capacity of community groups to participate in and develop community-focused research initiatives through free educational workshops and on-line webinars. The Research Capacity Assessment survey was designed to inform the development of the CERT program. The on-line survey assessed research training gaps, needs, and resources among community organizations and clinical providers and was administered nationally to community organization staff (N=50). Survey results and input from community leaders guided the development of the research-training curriculum relevant to the needs and resources of community organizations. CERT was piloted in May 2011 as a 2-day workshop with 21 individuals representing 13 community groups. Pre and post evaluations measured agency and individual motivation and attitudes towards research, research knowledge, and confidence to carry out research activities. Qualitative debriefing interviews were conducted with 13 individuals to solicit feedback for improving future trainings. Pilot participants suggested that future trainings be offered as a 1-day training, and include further participatory discussions and exercises. Based on these recommendations, CERT was offered again as a 1-day workshop in December 2011 with 44 individuals. 6-month follow-up qualitative interviews were conducted with participants from both workshops to understand the impact of CERT on individual and agency research capacity. Evaluation results of CERT demonstrate increased research knowledge and self-efficacy. It also demonstrated that short intensive workshops can provide viable mechanisms for facilitating community engagement in research and development of community-initiated research.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
List important key elements to include in an effective research training program geared to community groups and members. Identify the barriers and facilitators to engaging in research from the perspective of community based organizations and clinical providers.

Keyword(s): Community Building, Community Capacity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversaw the development, planning and implementation of the CERT program. I am the Program Manager for CSAAH's Research Training and Education Core and oversee numerous training programs geared to faculty, students, and community partners. I have over 7 years experience in community-based research.
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.