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Calif J Health Promot. 2010 Dec;8(SE):39-51.

A Case Study in Chamorro Community and Academic Engagement for a Community-Partnered Research Approach.

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1
University of California, Los Angeles.
2
Guam Communications Network.
3
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We describe the development of a community and academic research partnership, share reflections on processes for collaborations, and identify key factors for establishing strong and effective relationships to foster high-quality research.

BACKGROUND:

A community-based participatory research (CBPR) effort evaluating a community-based patient navigation program assisting Chamorro women to access breast cancer services in Southern California served as the foundation for the development of the community-academic partnership.

METHODS:

Using a CBPR approach focusing on active involvement of community members, organizational representatives, and academic researchers in all aspects of research process, faculty from a research university and a local community-based organization were brought together to build a partnership. Community and academic partners engaged in a series of meetings where dialogue focused on developing and nurturing trust and shared values, respect for community knowledge, and establishing community-defined and prioritized needs and goals. Partners have also focused on defining and developing explicit structures and policies to implement an equal partnership.

RESULTS:

Experiences and lessons learned are shared, reflecting the processes of relationship building, and planning and implementing preliminary research steps.

LESSONS LEARNED:

Adequate time for relationship-building, open and honest communication, flexibility, and ongoing examination of assumptions are keys to developing successful CBPR partnerships.

KEYWORDS:

Community-Based; Community-Engaged Research; Pacific Islander; Participatory Research; Patient Navigation

PMID:
26726298
PMCID:
PMC4696771

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