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Community-Based Participatory Research Training

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach to research that involves community members or recipients of interventions during all phases of the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each member of the research team brings.

This free course, sponsored by the UR CTSI and Center for Community Health & Prevention, educates University of Rochester researchers (faculty, trainees and students) and community members (typically from community-based organizations) in community-engaged research. It introduces CBPR principles from the foundations, to communication, funding and sustainability and fosters relationship-building among participants. Through the program, participants will form collaborative teams to develop and submit proposals for the CBPR Pipeline to Pilot Awards.

Program Objectives

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Understand the rationale for a CBPR approach in addressing health research.
  • Describe the conceptual and philosophical roots of community-based participatory health research.
  • Understand and apply the core principles of CBPR in developing, maintaining and evaluating community-academic research partnerships.
  • Evaluate the importance of governance structure, cultural humility, and participatory evaluation in the design and implementation of CBPR as strategies to address power dynamics and ethical issues appropriately.
  • Explain and experience the process and challenges of forming and maintaining CBPR partnerships with communities.
  • Assess the ethical challenges in co-conducting research with communities.
  • Identify and discuss the benefits and challenges involved in CBPR and options for overcoming these challenges.
  • Explore CBPR as a strategy to address social justice, policy or systems-change issues.

Register

To register for the 2022-2023 CBPR Cohort, please complete the registration form by Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
Registrants will be informed of their acceptance status by Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 

Please contact Laura Sugarwala if you are interested in learning more about the program and participation.
Interested participants who have not yet identified a collaborative partnership dyad with University of Rochester and community organization participation are strongly encouraged to contact Laura Sugarwala in advance of registering.  

When and Where

The CBPR program will take place September, 2022 through mid-March, 2023. As we continue to navigate an ever changing public health landscape we will make decisions about meeting location based on safety and access for participants. It is our intention to convene learning cohort meetings in person at the Center for Community Health & Prevention, 46 Prince St., Rochester, NY.  Course presentations by module facilitators will be held virtually. Attendance at all meeting and presentation times is expected for participation.  

Course Schedule

Date/Time Session Presenter

9/13/22
4:30-5:30pm
In person

Initial group meeting with learning cohort Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen
9/20/22
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual
  1.  CBPR  Foundations -  Getting Grounded
Sherita Bullock, Healthy Baby Network
Jin Xiao, URMC

9/27/22
4:30-5:30pm
In person

Group meeting

  • Getting to know each other as people
  • Establishing group norms
  • What skills/abilities do we bring to CBPR partnerships
Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen

10/4/22
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

2. CBPR in the Real World – What’s a Good Research Question?

Joyce Duckles, UR
Community partner

10/11/22
3:30-5:30pm
In person

Group meeting

  • Building trust within the group
  • Assumptions about the group
  • Learn strategies for collaborative listening and speaking.
Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen

10/25/22
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

3. Developing a CBPR Partnership – Creating the “Glue” for Relationship Building

Brooke Levandowski, URMC
Tiffany Lloyd, Allyn Foundation

11/1/22
4:30-5:30pm

Group meeting Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen

11/8/22
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

4. Structural Racism in Healthcare and Research - Modules

  Laura Sugarwala and John Cullen

11/15/22
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

Structural Racism in Healthcare and Research – Modules and Discussion TBD

11/29/22
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

Maintaining a CBPR Partnership – Spreading the “Glue” and Having it Stick

Catherine Cerulli, UR
Community Partner

12/6/22
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

5. Applying a CBPR approach through the entire research process/cycle Nancy Chin, URMC
Rudy Rivera, Father Tracy Advocacy Center

12/13/22
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

6. Understanding, Reporting and Disseminating Results

Charles Kamen, URMC
Jeffrey Freeman, Common Ground Health

1/10/23
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

7. Moving Forward – Strategies for Sustainability and Growth

Kelly Matthews, URMC
​Community Partner

1/17/23
4:30-5:30pm
In person

Group Meeting

Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen

1/24/23
3:30-5:30pm
Virtual

8. Show Me the Money Trail – Securing and Distributing Funds

Silvia Sorensen, UR
Community partner

1/31/23
2/7/23
2/14/23
2/21/23
2/28/23
3/7/23

4:30 – 5:30pm

Group meetings as needed to prepare for application to CBPR Pipeline to Pilot grant application. Meeting location (ie virtual or in person) to be determined.

Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen
3/20/23 CBPR Pipeline to Pilot Application deadline  

Past Graduates and Projects

2019

Collaborating with Caregivers: Factors that Influence the Decision to Begin Mental Health Treatment for Children in Urban Communities
Aparajita “Tuma” Kuriyan, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow of Psychiatry at URMC; Alicia Evans, independent community consultant with LeGray Dynamic; and Carlos Santana, community organizer for Action for a Better Community, Inc.

The Prevalence of Loneliness in Minority Communities with Chronic Medical Conditions
Allen Anandarajah, M.D., associate professor of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology at URMC; Nancy Shelton, senior consultant of Cultural Competence and Health Equity at Coordinated Care Services, Inc.; and Angela Wollschlager, community outreach project lead and patient engagement specialist at Medical Solutions, Inc.

Faith-based Interventions to Support Health-Promoting Behaviors and Reduce Overweight and Obesity Rates in African American Families
Ruth Brook Wards, Aenon Baptist Church, and Kaydean Harris, RN, School of Nursing

Other graduates included: Ms. Jean Clark and Caroline Silva, Ph.D.