Online Program

Partners in education, evaluation, and research (PEER):Research capacity building in community health organizations

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Elaine A. Borawski, PhD, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Jacqueline Matloub, MD, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Jeri Jewett-Tennant, MPH, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Mark Chupp, PhD, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
James Werner, PhD, Department of Family Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Terry Allan, MPH, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Parma, OH
Marie Barni, MPA, OSU Extension - Cuyahoga County, Ohio State University Extension, Cleveland, OH
Alison Patrick, MPH, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Parma, OH
Community engagement and rigorous science are both necessary to successfully address community health issues. Strong, trustful, equitable partnerships between community and academic centers are therefore vital. The PEER program was developed to increase research capacity in community health organizations, strengthen community organization/academic partnerships, and facilitate equitable partnered research. Responding to local community health organizations' request for research training, the Community Engagement Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) and the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) received funding to co-create the PEER training program. Community organizations and faculty worked collaboratively to develop the application process, curriculum, project development and evaluation. PEER is an 18-month, team-based program that started in June 2012 with five community organizations. Each team consists of a community organization supervisor, a community mid-level staff person (PEER fellow) and a faculty partner. Fellows participate in didactic sessions and conduct a community based research project with their faculty partner. Pre and post program evaluations assess competencies in conducting community-based partnered research. Data from didactic session evaluations are being used to modify subsequent sessions in real time. Additionally, feedback from fellows has emphasized the value of applying newly acquired skills in the research project component. The length and structure of this unique program demonstrates a commitment to developing sustainable research capacity growth and community/academic equitable partnered research. Staffing changes and time for program participation have proved a challenge for some.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe a collaborative approach to development of a community focused research training program. Identify barriers and promoters for community organization and faculty participation in a research training program. Discuss community identified strategies to institutionalize research capacity building in community organizations.

Keyword(s): Community Capacity, Community Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and have been working in clinical research and public health research since 2005. I am also the PEER (Partners in Education, Evaluation and Research) Fellowship Program Coordinator. Our abstract and presentation are based on this program.
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.