CBPR Partnership Academy

TeamConcentratesOnBinder 1200pixelsToday’s complex public health problems demand a collaborative, engaged research approach, whereby those most impacted by health inequities have a genuine “voice” in pursuing solutions.

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is widely recognized as an effective approach for understanding and addressing health inequities—and for giving communities an equitable stake in the process of doing so. The Detroit Urban Research Center established the CBPR Partnership Academy to support the increased use of a CBPR approach by developing enhanced skills and knowledge of community-academic research teams.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the CBPR Partnership Academy is a multi-faceted training and mentoring program designed for new community-academic partnerships that are interested in exploring and engaging in a CBPR approach to eliminate health inequities in their communities. Three academy cohorts completed the program between 2015 and 2018, and an additional year of funding provided an opportunity for all three cohorts to extend their participation. Click here to read about the extension of the CBPR Partnership Academy. 

Academy opportunities and program components have been as follows:

  • Week-long intensive course at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI;
  • Monthly learning activities (e.g., webinars, mentoring calls, and online forums) during the one-year program period;
  • Non-competitive grant proposal writing and funding opportunity; and
  • National CBPR Partnership Academy Network (to engage in group discussions, share ideas, resources, and provide feedback). 

In each cohort, a total of 12, two-person teams have been selected for the CBPR Partnership Academy through a competitive review process (click here for past eligibility requirements). All program expenses have been covered for participants, including tuition, travel, meals, lodging, materials, and ongoing learning activities. Those selected for the Partnership Academy work in pairs of one community member and one academic researcher.

Teams who have participated in the Academy come away with enhanced capabilities, knowledge, and skills for creating, implementing, and maintaining a successful CBPR partnership using innovative methods in the behavioral and social sciences to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of their local populations.


As of January 2018, highlights of past cohorts include:

  • 36 teams from across 18 states and two tribal nations have participated
  • As of October 2017, participants had submitted 17 CBPR-related grant proposals following their participation in the Academy, 11 of which received funding for between $5,000 and $1 million, including funding from CDC and NIH (R01)
  • Thirteen CBPR workshops have been conducted
  • Participating teams have given 27 dissemination presentations
  • Fifteen academic participants are incorporating CBPR into their teaching on a regular basis

 Please see photos and profiles of selected teams below.

2017      2016      2015

Photos – 2017-2018 Cohort

Team Bios – 2017-2018 Cohort


Photos – 2016-2017 Cohort

Team Bios – 2016-2017 Cohort


Photos – 2015-2016 Cohort

Team Bios – 2015-2016 Cohort


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CBPR: Enhancing Capacity to Use Innovative Methodologies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (the Enhance Program) is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award #1R25GM111837-01. Related materials do not necessarily represent views of NIH.


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University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH)
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