Online Program

Use of community advisors in developing community-academic research

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Donna-Marie Palakiko, APRN, MS, Native Hawaiian Health Care Sytems, Ke Ola Mamo, Honolulu, HI
Emily Makahi, MSW, Research, Ke Ola Mamo, Honolulu, HI
Ephrosine Daniggelis, PhD, Research Department, Ke Ola Mamo, Native Hawaiian Health Care System, Honolulu, HI
Alice Tse, PhD, RN, FAAN, APRN, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Honolulu, HI
A team of community-academic research partners sought to understand how Native Hawaiian community members who have health disparities perceive community-based research. In developing this project, the partners called upon key community leaders to be community advisors. The advisors assisted with the development and refinement of the focus group questions. Through this process, the advisors identified that the questions were not in a community-friendly “talking story” format and required additional revisions. The focus group questions underwent additional iterations until a series of community “talking story” questions were developed and approved by the community advisors. Engaging community members in the development of focus group questions engages community, builds capacity, and establishes a trusting relationship. This iterative research process has relevance for organizations/institutions planning to develop and implement community-based research for minority populations so that they will be culturally tailored and acceptable by the targeted communities.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe how community advisors assisted with the development of focus group questions Identify three lessons learned from the development of focus group questions

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I contributed to the development of this research protocol. I have worked on community-base research for 8 years.
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.