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Am J Public Health. 2010 Nov;100(11):2094-102. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.170506. Epub 2010 Sep 23.

Community-based participatory research: a capacity-building approach for policy advocacy aimed at eliminating health disparities.

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Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.


There have been increasing calls for community-academic partnerships to enhance the capacity of partners to engage in policy advocacy aimed at eliminating health disparities. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a partnership approach that can facilitate capacity building and policy change through equitable engagement of diverse partners. Toward this end, the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, a long-standing CBPR partnership, has conducted a policy training project. We describe CBPR and its relevance to health disparities; the interface between CBPR, policy advocacy, and health disparities; the rationale for capacity building to foster policy advocacy; and the process and outcomes of our policy advocacy training. We discuss lessons learned and implications for CBPR and policy advocacy to eliminate health disparities.

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