Partners in education, evaluation, and research (PEER):Research capacity building in community health organizations
Monday, November 4, 2013
: 5:30 PM - 5:50 PM
Background: 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. Methods: 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. Results: 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. Conclusion: 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.
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
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
Keywords: Community Capacity, Community Education
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the PI of the federally funded project that provided support for the development of this community fellows research training program and am currently the director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University, a community-based research center that works with partners in urban neighborhoods to prevent and manage chronic disease.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.