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Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2011 Spring;5(1):19-25. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2011.0001.

Balancing community and university aims in community-based participatory research: a Pacific Islander youth study.

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California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) holds the promise of improving the planning, conduct, and long-term translation of research findings into community settings.

OBJECTIVES:

This 2-year, exploratory study applied CBPR structures and processes to the identification of individual, cultural and community factors associated with obesity among Pacific Islander (PI) youth in Southern California.

METHODS:

We describe the CBPR principles and strategies used by a community-university partnership to develop, implement, and report on the findings from assessments of obesity, physical activity, and nutritional intake among PI youth.

RESULTS:

Although CBPR planning processes led to successes in community-based youth recruitment and retention, we learned key lessons regarding implementation of tailored assessment protocols, often involving problems arising from the university side of the CBPR collaborative.

CONCLUSION:

CBPR has its strengths and limits; more studies are needed that report on processes to increase our understanding of how to balance research rigor with community sustainability.

PMID:
21441665
PMCID:
PMC3691961
DOI:
10.1353/cpr.2011.0001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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