Online Program

A CBPR Approach to Creating Job Descriptions

Monday, November 2, 2015

Rebecca Rapport, MPH, Community Engagement, Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment, Denver, CO
Sara Miller, MPA, Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment, Denver, CO
Reginaldo Garcia, PhD, Rocky Mountian Prevention Research Center, University of Colorado, Alamosa, CO
Colorado’s Community Engagement Program aims to integrate and transform community and academic partnerships into a collaborative, broad-based translational research enterprise that will enhance public trust and reduce health disparities. Community Research Liaisons (CRLs) are one partnership resulting from this program. CRLs respectfully engage communities to address the needs of communities, partners, patients, and health providers in order to cultivate relationships between academic researchers and individuals within a population and subpopulations so that they can identify community health priorities and design locally relevant studies that address real needs. CRLs from throughout Colorado represent a variety of ethnic, urban, and rural communities.

The role of a CRL is to build bridges for communication and partnership between the community they represent, and academic researchers. This presentation identifies the process undergone to create formal job descriptions for CRLs that enable successful community/academic partnerships. CLRs met with support staff to identify key roles and responsibilities and create individualized job descriptions based on the unique nature of the communities they serve. Job descriptions were combined with a scope of work document that was developed through a community-based participatory process. Thus, each job description is tailored to meet the needs of the community while CRLs work from the same template with an overarching purpose. 

Ultimately, the creation of job descriptions elevated the roles of CRLs in the academic and patient communities by outlining specific responsibilities, activities and metrics agreed upon in a mutually beneficial process. Other community-based projects can learn from this process and its outcomes.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe Colorado's Community Engagement Program Community Research Liaisons Identify the process undergone to create a job description that meets community needs Discuss opportunities for community engagement in the development of formal, paid positions

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Community-Based Research (CBPR)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I hold a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University. I currently work for the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment as the Program Assistant. In this role, I provide support for administrative and programmatic functions related community engagement projects. I have previous experience with CBPR in diverse communities and community outreach related to adolescent health.
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.