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J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2010 Dec;5(4):33-41. doi: 10.1525/jer.2010.5.4.33.

Increasing research literacy in minority communities: CARES fellows training program.

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  • 1Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research, Stony Brook University, School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8338, USA.


The community alliance for Research Empowering Social Change (CARES) is an academic-community research partnership designed to: (1) train community members about evidence based public health, (2) increase community members' scientific literacy, and (3) develop the infrastructure for community-based participatory research so that local stakeholders can examine and address racial/ethnic health disparities in their communities. Nineteen community members enrolled in the CARES training. The training consisted of 11 didactic training sessions and 4 experiential workshops, taught by a multidisciplinary faculty from research institutions. Results suggest that the training increased research literacy, prepared community members for collaborative work with academic researchers, and empowered them to utilize scientific research methods to create social change in their communities.

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