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Fam Community Health. 2012 Jan-Mar;35(1):44-56. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3182385cd9.

Engaging the Dan River Region to reduce obesity: application of the Comprehensive Participatory Planning and Evaluation process.

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Virginia Tech, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, USA.


Despite ongoing recommendations to engage health-disparate populations in the initiation and execution of community-based research, few studies report on the process of community engagement. The action-oriented Comprehensive Participatory Planning and Evaluation (CPPE) process is designed to guide community health planning and evaluation. This article describes how the CPPE process was utilized within a community-based participatory research initiative aimed at addressing obesity in the health-disparate Dan River Region. Encouraging community engagement in formulating research agendas and promoting ownership of health solutions will be key to improving obesity risk factors among Dan River Region residents and similar vulnerable communities.

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