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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.

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This free course, sponsored by the UR CTSI and Center for Community Health & Prevention, educates University researchers and community members 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 Pathway to Pilot Awards.

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.


For more information or questions, please contact Grace Kumetat.

How to Apply

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University researchers (including faculty, trainees, and students) and community members (typically from community-based organizations) are eligible to apply.


There is no cost to take the course.

This course is not currently accepting applicants.

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Principles of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Learn more about the principles of CBPR developed by the URMC Community Advisory Board. 

Online Course on CBPR: A Partnership Approach for Public Health

Visit the Detroit Urban Research Center to take their free online course on CBPR.

Past Projects


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 include: Ms. Jean Clark and Caroline Silva, Ph.D.

Current Course


4:30-5:30 pm

Initial group meeting with learning cohort | In person

Laura Sugarwala/John Cullen

3:15-5:15 pm
  1.  CBPR Foundations:Getting Grounded | In person

Sherita Bullock, Healthy Baby Network
Jin Xiao, URMC

4:30-5:30 pm

Group meeting | In person

  • Getting to know each other as people
  • Establishing group norms
  • What skills/abilities do we bring to CBPR partnerships

Laura Sugarwala/John Cullen

3:30-5:30 pm

2. Developing a CBPR Partnership: Creating the "Glue" for Relationship Building | Virtual

Brooke Levandowski, URMC
Tiffany Lloyd, Allyn Foundation

4:30-5:30 pm

Group meeting | In person

  • Building trust within the group
  • Assumptions about the group
  • Learn strategies for collaborative listening and speaking.

Laura Sugarwala/John Cullen

3:30-5:30 pm

3. CBPR in the Real World: What's a Good Research Question? | TBD

Kelly McDermott, URMC

Candace Cabral, RCSD Literacy Task Force

3:30-5:30 pm

4a. Grants and Evaluation | Virtual

Silvia Sörensen, URMC
Gretchen Anthony, Teaching Artists Roc

3:15-5:15 pm

5. Maintaining a CBPR Partnership: Spreading the “Glue” and Having it Stick  | In person

Katrina Korfmacher, URMC
Elizabeth McDade, Rochester ENergy Efficiency & Weatherization (RENEW)

4:00-5:30 pm

6a. Structural Racism in Healthcare and Research: Modules | In person


Traci Terrance, URMC
John Cullen, URMC

4:00-5:30 pm

6b. Structural Racism in Healthcare and Research: Modules and Discussion  | In person

Traci Terrance, URMC
John Cullen, URMC

4:30-5:30 pm

Group meeting  | In person

Laura Sugarwala/John Cullen

3:30-5:30 pm

7. Applying a CBPR Approach Through the Entire Research Process/Cycle | Virtual

Kelly Matthews, URMC
Lisa DeWindt-Sommer, Deaf Weight Wise

4:30-5:30 pm

Group meeting | In person

Laura Sugarwala/John Cullen

3:30-5:30 pm

8. Understanding, Reporting and Disseminating Results and Equity Dissemination and Implementation | Virtual

Reza Yousefi-Nooraie, URMC
Kevin Fiscella, URMC
Jim McMahon, URMC

3:30-5:30 pm

9. Cancer Research Case Study | Virtual

Charles Kamen, URMC
Francisco Cartujano Barrera, URMC

4:30-5:30 pm

Group meeting | In person

Laura Sugarwala/John Cullen

3:30-5:30 pm

4b. Grants and Evaluation Part #2 | Virtual

Silvia Sörensen, URMC
Margit Poirer, Grants4Good and        Colin Fleming-Stumpf, Rochester Regional Health


4:30 – 5:30 pm

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

Laura Sugarwala/John Cullen

4/22/24 Pathways to Pilot Application deadline

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