142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Utilizing a Community-Based Participatory Research Curriculum as a Framework to Build Tribal Research Capacity

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH , College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Tulsa, OK
Dennis Styne, MD , School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA
Introduction: Community-based participatory research (CBPR) focuses on research for action and social change and can be a powerful tool in addressing health disparities.  Educational resources to train both academic and community partners in CBPR are increasingly needed.

Methods: We adapted and implemented the evidence-based Developing and Sustaining Community-based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum, available for download free and over the Internet, for use with a unique partnership comprised of tribal health clinic staff, academic researchers, and tribal members working in three Native American communities in Northern California from 2010 to 2012. The goal of the partnership was to build tribal capacity to conduct research addressing obesity and food insecurity within these tribal communities. 

Results: Three focus groups administered to the 28 tribal member participants assessed the efficacy of the training, which was highly rated, even referred to as “life changing” for some of the tribal members.  Additionally the initiative led to systematic changes within all of the partners’ settings including the development of a tribal research review board in one community and the development of processes for research review and dissemination in the health clinic settings. The university system, which did not have formal policies in place for working with sovereign tribal nations, initiated efforts to establish such policies pertaining to tribal data ownership and the dissemination of research findings. 

Conclusions: This CBPR curriculum served as a powerful framework to facilitate truly bi-directional learning and build the research capacity and infrastructure within each of the partner settings.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Assess the value of having diverse collaborators (e.g. community, clinic, and academic) in this community-based participatory research partnership Identify ways that each partner (community, clinic, and academic) can learn from and integrate community-based participatory research in their efforts Identify ways that community-based participatory research is changing academia and communities

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Cultural Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: This is one of several abstracts to be included with an invited session: "Community Based Participatory Policy Work to Address Obesity and Smoking in Native American Tribal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities." We would very much like to have a roun

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Principal Investigator of multiple federally funded grants focused on community-based participatory research with tribal communities in the areas of obesity, diabetes, and tobacco. I was the PI on this study and directed the study.
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.