Building Community Based Participatory Research Capacity in an Urban HIV/AIDS Community
The experience of the AARC offers many lessons about the differences in motivation, perspective and need between academic researchers and community members interested and/or involved in research. Understanding these differences is key to designing a collaborative structure that can meet the diverse needs of diverse partners. Issues of communication, power, and trust were tackled head-on, ultimately with positive results. The AARC also developed an approach to community education and to academic research support that helped to ensure the sustained engagement of both academic researchers and community members. The experience of the AARC offers a useful case study from which others interested in CBPR can learn.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Identify useful and effective components of a CBPR capacity building program Differentiate between the likely motives, goals and objectives of academic researchers, and those of community-based researchers Identify challenges and barriers to successful CBPR partnership between academia and the (non-academic) community Identify best practices for maximizing engagement, trust and effective collaboration between academia and the (non-academic) community Design approaches to CBPR and to CBPR capacity building that maximize the likelihood of project success
Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), HIV/AIDS
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served for 3+ years as the community-based principal investigator (working together with an academia-based principal investigator) on a CBPR capacity building project funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, which founded the Alameda AIDS Research Coalition âa consortium of health sciences investigators at UCSF (academic researchers), community-based organizations that serve the African American community (CBO researchers), and community members (community researchers) seeking to answer significant scientific STI/HIV research questions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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