Online Program

Developing and Conducting a Dissertation Study through the Community Based Participatory Research Approach

Monday, November 2, 2015

Nadia Islam, PhD, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Nancy Vandevanter, DrPH, RN, New York University College of Nursing and Dentistry, New York, NY
Sarah Nadimpalli, RN, MA, PhD, Institute for Community Health Promotion, Brown University, Providence, RI
Rucha Kavathe, PhD, Community Empowerment and Education Directorate, UNITED SIKHS, New York, NY
The community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach has been shown to be innovative and effective in conducting research with communities experiencing health disparities.  Doctoral students who are interested in this approach can benefit through structured CBPR training experiences in learning how to engage with communities, build community capacity, share resources, implement CBPR study plans, and disseminate results of CBPR-focused studies.  The objectives of this case-study are to demonstrate ways in which one doctoral student aligned with academic mentors and a funded CBPR project to build a relationship with the Sikh Asian Indian (AI) community of New York City to develop and implement a CBPR-focused doctoral dissertation study.   The purpose of the research was to examine the relationship between the experience of perceived discrimination and health outcomes in this community.  CBPR methods utilized in developing the study entailed the author partaking in formal and informal CBPR learning experiences, building relationships with community and academic partners early on through volunteering, developing a research plan in collaboration with members of the community and academic partners, identifying an appropriate setting and methods for recruitment and data collection, increasing capacity and resources for all partners (the author, community, and academic), and presenting dissertation study findings to the community.  In conclusion, CBPR-focused doctoral experiences can offer early career researchers the opportunity to understand and implement innovative CBPR projects, leading to mutual benefits for all involved, and ultimately successful and effective community-based health research.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Identify 3 ways graduate or doctoral students can become engaged in community-based participatory projects. Identify 2 benefits to community partners when graduate-level students collaborate on CBPR projects.

Keyword(s): Teaching, Community-Based Research (CBPR)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My community-based participatory experiences include participation in intervention development workshop with community and academic partners, all major community advisory board meetings, and volunteerism for several community health events. Further, these practical experiences led to the development of my doctoral research question in which the community was consulted and included throughout many phases of my research. My dissertation efforts were also funded through a F31 NRSA through the National Institutes for Nursing 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.