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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, aims to train 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

Register to participate in the 2021-2022 CBPR course by Tuesday, August 31, 2021. 
All who register will be reviewed and informed of their acceptance status by Thursday, September 9, 2021. 
Please contact John Cullen if you are interested in learning more about the program and participation.

When and Where

The CBPR program will resume in September 2021 and run through mid-March 2022. Classes will be held virtually on Tuesday evenings (except on 1/19/22). We will assess the safety of in-person meetings, with the possibility of meeting at the Center for Community Health & Prevention, 46 Prince St, at some point during the course.

Course Schedule

Date/Time Session Presenter

9/14/21 
5:30-6:30pm

Intro meeting on Zoom Laura Sugarwala and John Cullen
9/21/21
5:30-7:00pm
  1.  CBPR  Foundations -  Getting Grounded
Sherita Bullock, Healthy Baby Network

9/28/21
5:30-6:30pm

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

10/5/21
5:30-7:00pm

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

Joyce Duckles, UR
Community partner

10/12/21
5:30-6:30pm

Group meeting

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

10/19/21
5:30-7:00pm

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

Aparajita “Tuma”Kuriyan, URMC
Carlos Santana, Action for a Better Community

10/26/21
5:30-6:30pm

Group meeting Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen

11/2/21
5:30-7:00pm

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

Brooke Levandowski, URMC
Tiffany Lloyd, Allyn Foundation

11/9/21
5:30-6:30pm

Group meeting Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen

11/16/21
5:30-7:00pm

5. Applying a CBPR approach through the entire research process/cycle

Nancy Chin, UR
Rudy Rivera, Father Tracy Advocacy Center

11/30/21
5:30-6:30 pm

Group meeting Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen

12/7/21
5:30-7:00pm

6. Understanding, Reporting and Disseminating Results

Allen Anandarajah, URMC
Nancy Shelton, Coordinated Care Services,  Inc. 

12/14/21
5:30-6:30pm

Group meeting Laura Sugarwala and/or John Cullen

1/11/22
5:30-7:00pm

7. Moving Forward – Strategies for Sustainability and Growth

Kelly Matthews, URMC
Community partner

Wednesday,
1/19/22
5:30-7:00pm

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

Silvia Sorensen, UR
Community partner

1/25/22
2/1/22
2/8/22
2/15/22
2/22/22
3/1/22

5:30-6:30pm

Group meetings (as needed)

John Cullen and Laura Sugarwala
3/15/22 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.