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Clin Transl Sci. 2011 Dec;4(6):428-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00362.x. Epub 2011 Nov 22.

A capacity building program to promote CBPR partnerships between academic researchers and community members.

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. miallen@umn.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) adds community perspectives to research and aids translational research aims. There is a need for increased capacity in CBPR but few models exist for how to support the development of community/university partnerships.

OBJECTIVE:

Evaluate an approach to promote nascent CBPR partnerships.

METHODS:

Design was a mixed-methods evaluation using interviews, process notes, and open- and close-ended survey questions. We trained 10 community scholars, matched them with prepared researchers to form seven partnerships, and supported their developing partnerships. Sequential mixed-methods analysis assessed research and partnership processes and identified integrated themes.

RESULTS:

Four of seven partnerships were funded within 15 months; all self-reported their partnerships as successful. Themes were: (1) motivators contributed to partnership development and resiliency; (2) partners took on responsibilities that used individuals' strengths; (3) partners grappled with communication, decision making, and power dynamics; and (4) community-university infrastructure was essential to partnership development.

CONCLUSIONS:

This program for developing nascent partnerships between academicians and community members may guide others in increasing capacity for CBPR.

PMID:
22212224
PMCID:
PMC4313536
DOI:
10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00362.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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