Increasing local capacity to lead policy and program solutions for reducing dengue incidence in 24 de Diciembre, Panamá: A novel community-based participatory research framework for fostering community engagement in planning and implementing dengue prevention, surveillance, and control activities
Objectives. To propose a theory-grounded, sustainable, and scalable community-based participatory research framework for planning and implementing integrated community-based dengue prevention, surveillance, and control policies and activities.
Methods. The framework includes nine domains: (1) equitable partnership-building; (2) needs assessment, ethnographic exchange, environmental scan; (3) epidemiological data collection and analysis; (4) dissemination of progress and findings; (5) bidirectional elicitation of policy and programmatic priorities and solutions; (6) feasibility, efficacy, and impact assessment; (7) integrated policy and program development; (8) program testing, piloting, evaluation; (9) continuous monitoring and quality improvement.
Results. A community-based promotora model and policy recommendations for coordinating dengue prevention and control efforts were realized within this framework through a partnership between health center staff, researchers from a locally-based international research foundation, visiting public health graduate students, and key community informants.
Conclusions. This framework provides multidisciplinary researchers and communities with guidance on coordinating the planning and implementation of dengue prevention and control programs and policies. The framework attempts to empower communities to build capacity, optimize resource capabilities, and integrate efforts to reduce dengue incidence.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe barriers to engaging communities in CBPR in Panamá. Identify challenges associated with building capacity around dengue prevention and control programming. Evaluate the potential impacts of integrated research and policy implementation in resource-limited settings.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Community-Based Research (CBPR)
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Since 2007, I have worked for state and local government programs in the fields of public health, mental health, education, and technology to lead multidisciplinary projects, develop evidence-based practices, evaluate performance measures, plan and implement public health logistics, analyze program effectiveness, design health communications, build strategic partnerships, and advance technological capabilities and capacity. I participated in the development of this project and presentation from conception to dissemination.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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