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Health Psychol. 2009 Jul;28(4):391-3. doi: 10.1037/a0016387.

Community-based participatory research: partnering with communities for effective and sustainable behavioral health interventions.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


The present issue contains one of the first studies published in Health Psychology-by Resnicow and colleagues-that uses elements of community-based participatory research (CBPR) (Resnicow et al., 2009). The authors engaged community partners (three health maintenance organizations or HMOs) to develop and implement a fruit and vegetable promotion intervention (Tolsma et al., 2009). African American HMO patients (the intervention targets) participated in formative work (i.e., focus groups) on survey items and intervention content and in survey pilot testing. A diverse group of researcher and nonresearcher expert stakeholders (e.g., African American health plan staff; consultants with expertise in Black identity theory, on which the intervention was based) was engaged in major project decisions regarding the measures and intervention design.

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