Example CBPR Partnerships

Three Models of Community Based Participatory Research (Weiner & McDonald, 2013)
  1. Single-theme collaboration between a university-based center and a community organization
  2. Targeted, area-based collaboration between academic researchers and a small group of community organizations
  3. Broad-based coalition of grassroots organizations
National Examples
  • The Detroit Urban Research Center has established a community-based participatory partnership that is currently involved in 7 affiliated research projects, all of which focus upon areas of concern identified by the community partners. In the East Side Village Health Worker Partnership in Detroit, an Urban Research Center (URC) affiliated project, researchers are both implementing a lay health advisor program to improve women’s and children’s health as well as exploring, through longitudinal data, the relationship of social determinants (e.g., stress, social support, community capacity) to women’s self-reported health status.
  • The National Institutes for Environmental Health and Sciences (NIEHS) funded Oregon project “Reducing Pesticide Exposures in Families” is an example of a project that includes migrant farmworker community representatives, analytical chemists, epidemiologists, exposure assessment scientists, investigators skilled in qualitative research methods, and neurobehavioral scientists. The blend of each of these areas of expertise allows for the generation of information to the community (e.g. workshops, training videos) and scientific information on the pesticide exposures of farmworkers and their families and the effects of exposures on human health. The community benefits for the increased knowledge of the nature and extent of pesticide exposures in their work and home environments while the basic and applied scientist gain an increased sensitivity of community priorities and the need for culturally appropriate research methods and communication.
  • The Lead Awareness: North Philly Style project focus involves the implementation and evaluation of community-based strategies addressing childhood lead poisoning. The targeted population is an economically disadvantaged, underserved urban African-American population in North Central Philadelphia, who are at risk because of lead in their environment. In order to achieve culturally appropriate approaches applicable to underserved populations, the selected community-based strategies have been developed with community residents in an alliance with agencies having a demonstrated history of grass-roots activism in this community

    The aims are: (1) To test community-developed, community-based prevention/intervention strategies that will increase knowledge regarding the environmental health risk of childhood lead poisoning; and (2) To test community-based prevention/intervention strategies that will increase hazard, exposure and outcome surveillance for lead as an environmental agent.
  • The Neighborhood Asthma Coalition (NAC) was developed as a collaboration between Washington University researchers and the Grace Hill Neighborhood Services, a social service settlement house active in disadvantaged neighborhoods of St. Louis, Mo. The aim of the program was to develop and emphasize neighbor-to-neighbor support and encouragement of asthma management. It was developed through Grace Hill’s Wellness Initiative which includes neighbor involvement in governance through neighborhood-based Wellness Councils. The NAC included promotional campaigns to increase awareness of the project, asthma management courses based on the American Lung. Association’s Open Airways through schools and other neighborhood settings, involvement of neighborhood residents in planning programs, training neighborhood residents to implement asthma management classes, recruiting neighborhood residents to assist in NAC activities, and recruiting neighborhood residents to act as Change Asthma with Social Support (CASS) workers. CASS workers provided basic education and support to parents and children in asthmatic families. These investigators have been able to show that parents in the NAC neighborhoods have positive health promotion attitude changes toward their child’s asthma (e.g., increased indorsement of such attitudes as ‘Parents can do a lot to help children take their medicine and avoid things that cause asthma to act up’) compared to parents of asthmatic children in control neighborhoods. Parents of children from NAC neighborhoods also reported greater improvement in appropriate medication use and discouraging smoking around their children. There was also evidence that greater levels of program participation and contacts with CASS workers in the NAC neighborhoods were associated with greater reduction in acute care for asthma.

View the NIEHS Successful Models of Community-Based Participatory Research Report (PDF)

Baylor Examples
  • Creative Waco - New Potential Constituents: Each student group is focusing on one particular sector to help identify other constituents to bring to the table to work with Creative Waco. Based on each team’s focus, students used up to five (5) variables to create a Risk Index by Block Group in McLennan County. After completing the risk index, students used the risk index slider to identify areas of highest risk. The table of Potential Constituents will filter to include only the remaining locations.
  • Impoverished Youth Index & Unused Church Properties: Identify unused church properties in McLennan County, Texas that may potentially be used to support social service targeted at impoverished youth. This visualization was built specifically for a graduate course cross-listed as Social Work/Truett Seminary.
  • Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research: A research and education partnership between Baylor University and the City of Waco focused on aquatic resources. This Center is a natural outflow of many years of collaboration between these institutions as over the years Baylor and the City have each developed significant water-related expertise and capabilities.
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