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Am J Public Health. 2009 Nov;99 Suppl 3:S531-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.152405.

The role for community-based participatory research in formulating policy initiatives: promoting safety and health for in-home care workers and their consumers.

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  • 1National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH, USA.


Although community-based participatory research (CBPR) can be effective in influencing policy, the process of formulating policy initiatives through CBPR is understudied. We describe a case study to illustrate how alliances among various community partners could be united to formulate policy directions. In collaboration with partners, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health initiated a project aimed at improving health and safety for low-income elderly and disabled persons and their in-home care workers. Community partners and stakeholders participated in focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and meetings; they played multiple roles including identifying organizational policy changes the partners could initiate immediately, as well as broader public policy goals. Results indicated that a strong community partnership, participation, and shared values contributed to successful formulation of policy initiatives.

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