Online Program

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy: A national initiative to promote health equity by enhancing CBPR capacity

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Chris M. Coombe, PhD, MPH, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Barbara A. Israel, DrPH, MPH, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Angela G. Reyes, MPH, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Detroit, MI
Ricardo Guzman, LMSW, MPH, Community Health and Social Services Center, Detroit, MI
Gloria Palmisano, BS, MA, REACH Detroit Partnership, Community Health & Social Services Center, Inc., Detroit, MI, MI
Julia Weinert, MPH, Health Behavior & Health Education, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Ann Arbor, MI
Danielle Jacobs, MPH, MUP, School of Public Health/School of Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Lindsay Terhaar, MPH Candidate, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Lisa Pappas, Detroit Urban Research Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is widely recognized as an effective approach for understanding and addressing health inequities. As opportunities to expand CBPR increase, so does the need for enhanced skills and knowledge to conduct effective CBPR. To this end, the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC), a 20 year old CBPR partnership, has established the CBPR Partnership Academy. The Academy is a four-year national initiative that each year brings together 12 community-academic pairs for intensive training, support, and networking facilitated by experienced Detroit URC community and academic partners.


We describe and analyze the development and implementation of the CBPR Partnership Academy which includes three core components: 1) a one-week intensive course, 2) a full year of structured mentoring and learning activities, and 3) access to a Community-Academic Scholars Network for ongoing networking and support. Training content includes: CBPR principles; partnership development; innovative research designs; integrated use of mixed methods; ethical research; and examples of Detroit partnerships’ research, interventions, and policy change. Participant teams apply the learning, mentoring, and a mini-grant to support development of a CBPR partnership in their own community.


We describe and analyze early findings from the inaugural year of the Partnership Academy, including: program reach; description of 1st cohort of academic-community teams; evaluation of intensive course; and initial partnership formation.


We discuss facilitating factors, challenges, and lessons learned for using an integrated training, support, and network approach to enhance community-academic capacity to use CBPR to promote health equity in all policies.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the rationale for enhancing CBPR knowledge and skills among community and academic partners. Describe the Partnership Academy’s integrated approach of training, ongoing learning activities and mentoring, application to local partnership formation, and networking. Identify key lessons learned for using an integrated learning approach to enhance CBPR skills and knowledge to promote health equity in all policies.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Co-development and implementation
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.

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