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Am J Public Health. 2010 Jul;100(7):1319-25. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.171116. Epub 2010 May 13.

A network assessment of community-based participatory research: linking communities and universities to reduce cancer disparities.

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Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA 91803, USA. tvalente@usc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We sought to determine whether a community-based initiative designed to reduce cancer disparities among Pacific Islanders in Southern California increased communications between community-based organizations and university researchers.

METHODS:

We conducted network analysis among 11 community-based organizations (CBOs) and 5 universities by interviewing 91 and 56 members of these organizations, respectively, at 2 points in time. We estimated random effects probit regression and stochastic actor-oriented network dynamic models.

RESULTS:

We found that, during the 2-year study period, CBOs increased their connectedness with one another (b= 0.44; P < .05) and to the universities (b = 0.46; P < .05), but that university researchers did not increase their connectedness to each other or to CBOs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Cancer awareness, cancer education, and access to cancer services are low among Pacific Island groups, and this study provides an initial attempt to reduce these disparities. Community-based initiatives can strengthen a CBO network, creating the potential for increased community-informed cancer research and improved community access to cancer research resources.

PMID:
20466964
PMCID:
PMC2882399
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2009.171116
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