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Core Curriculum for CBPR Partnership Academy

One-Week Intensive Course

AngelaReyesTeaching CroppedThe CBPR Partnership Academy kicks off with an intensive, all-expenses-paid course at the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor, MI from July 17-22, 2016. Titled Innovative Methods in CBPR, this hands-on, collaborative course facilitates intensive learning about CBPR principles, partnership development, innovative behavioral and social science research methods, joint data interpretation and application, and more. Drawing on curricula and materials from the Detroit URC's highly regarded half-day short course on CBPR (jointly conducted as part of the Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology), this expanded course emphasizes rigorous methodology, such as the use of mixed methods and alternative research designs.  CLICK HERE FOR THE COURSE SCHEDULE, and browse below for some of the topics covered during the week. 

Introduction to CBPR: Receive a consolidated, expert overview of CBPR, including: definition, rationale, and principles­ all using the Detroit URC as a case example. Equity, ethical conduct of research, and cultural humility will be highlighted as integral to CBPR.Tour of Detroit & Partner Organizations: Participate in a guided tour of Detroit highlighting the impact of social and physical environments on health and what communities are doing about it. The tour includes visits to select Detroit URC partner organizations engaged in CBPR.

Survey Methods in CBPR: Examine and discuss the innovative use of survey questionnaires in a Detroit URC-affiliated CBPR effort: Community Action Against Asthma (CAAA). The group will talk about how CAAA surveys were designed and implemented using a CBPR approach, the roles academic and community partners played in the process, and the challenges and strengths of involving community members as survey interviewers.

Research Design in CBPR: Analyze innovative behavioral and social science research designs that complement randomized controlled trial (RCT) designs, such as randomized staggered intervention designs. Two case examples of CBPR intervention studies by Detroit URC-affiliated partnerships will be presented. 

Focus Groups in CBPR: Hear first-hand how and why the REACH Detroit Partnership used the focus-group method as part of their CBPR studies, including insights about how academic and community partners were involved in different phases. The group will also touch on the challenges and limitations of the focus-group method within the context of CBPR.

Responsible Conduct of Research: Receive formal instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) within the context of CBPR.

Data Interpretation, Analysis, & Dissemination in CBPR: Learn about and analyze strategies that the Healthy Environments Partnership (HEP) used for collecting data and sharing results using multiple data collection methods (e.g., survey questionnaire, focus groups, observational data, photovoice) and examine how the group engaged community members in the interpretation, analysis, prioritization, action planning and dissemination process.

Mixed Methods: Discuss the relevance and application of the use of mixed methods within the behavioral and social sciences (i.e., quantitative and qualitative) in CBPR. Topics will include rationale for using mixed methods in CBPR to address health inequities, the timing and sequencing of mixed methods, and strategies for combining the strengths of both quantitative and qualitative methods to provide a more comprehensive view of a given phenomenon and to evaluate interventions.

Partnership Evaluation Using In-Depth Interviews: Using the Detroit URC as a case example, examine the use of in-depth interviews for evaluating the process and impact of CBPR partnerships, and the rationale for doing so); the role of all partners in conducting the evaluation; and lessons learned about incorporating in-depth interviews as part of behavioral and social science studies using a CBPR approach.

Next Steps & CBPR Project Planning: Receive valuable input about pursuing CBPR start-up projects, as well as for taking advantage of post-class education and engagement activities and mentoring opportunities available. The session will conclude with a reception for participants and instructors.

2015AcademyCohortYear-Long Learning & Support

After learning about the principles and practices of CBPR in the summer course, CBPR "Scholars" participate in Partnership Academy ongoing-learning activities and resources that help guide them through the process of developing and implementing a CBPR partnership. In addition to receiving a Partnership Formation Guidance Checklist, each partnership team will have a community and academic mentor during the program year. Graduates also receive quarterly Detroit URC e-newsletters (including updates about funding opportunities); are invited to CBPR-related meetings, webinars, and interactive forums; and are eligible for a small partnership development/project grant to help bring their CBPR initiative to fruition.

Community-Academic Scholars Network

The learning continues after the short course and the year-long education and engagement activities.  Another key component of the experiential CBPR Partnership Academy is that it offers ongoing participation in a nationwide Community-Academic Scholars Network, which is designed to foster continued learning and innovation in behavioral and social science research using a CBPR approach. Members have access to short-course curriculum materials and member profiles, receive invitations to peer-engagement events, and otherwise benefit from ongoing CBPR-related networking and career-development activities.

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