Online Program

Public Health Institutes as Trusted Conveners in Community-Based Participatory Research? Findings from the Implementation of an Applied CBPR Curriculum

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Rebekah Angove, PhD, Research and Evaluation, Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, LA
Caitlin Canfield, MPH, Research and Evaluation, Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans
Lisanne Brown, PhD MPH, Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, LA
Joseph Boselovic, MSeD, 468 Law School, Institute for Quality & Education, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Maggie Gustafson, MSW, MPH, Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, LA
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to research in which community and academic partners are equitably engaged in the research process from design to translation and dissemination. The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) has played an intermediary role between universities and community partners on several NIH-funded CBPR projects. Through these projects, LPHI has learned that Public Health Institutes (PHI), as neutral and trusted conveners, can play an important role facilitating CBPR partnerships and increasing community and academic partners’ capacity to engage in CBPR. For example, recognizing the increasing importance of CBPR in addressing environmental health disparities, LPHI developed an innovative 7 session curriculum designed to engage community-based organizations and academic researchers in how to successfully formulate, execute and sustain a CBPR partnership and project. This curriculum was developed in response to feedback from community and academic representatives in an existing research partnership. The curriculum was tailored to the context and needs of these partners, with whom it is being piloted and evaluated. The presentation will include preliminary findings from pilot sessions, participatory and process evaluations, examples of materials developed for the curriculum, participant reflections, and lessons learned. CBPR holds tremendous potential for community health research, and both community and academic partners must possess the capacity to understand and engage in CBPR methods and approaches in order for CBPR projects to successfully address health disparities. PHIs may play a unique role in ensuring that CBPR partnerships are successful in reducing health disparities and ensuring health for all.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the emerging role of Public Health Institutes in Community-Based Participatory Research Identify challenges that Public Health Institutes may face acting as an intermediary in Community-Academic Research Describe the core elements and competencies included in a curriculum designed to build the capacity of community and academic partners to engage in collaborative research

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Associate Director of Engagement at LPHI. I have extensive experience in CBPR methodology and project implementation. I work as the Engagement Director of the LaCDRN, where I oversee patient and provider engagement. In addition, I lead the team responsible for creating the CBPR curriculum, developing the evaluation, and served as a facilitator throughout the implementation phase. My involvement in all aspects of the project make me an ideal presenter on this subject.
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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