The Detroit URC: fostering health equity through 
community-based participatory research (CBPR)
for more than 20 years

CBPR Partnership Academy

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Today’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. As opportunities to use a CBPR approach increase, so does the need for enhanced skills and knowledge to conduct effective CBPR. To this end, the Detroit Urban Research Center has established the CBPR Partnership Academy.

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. Academy opportunities and program components are as follows:

  • Week-long intensive course from July 16 - 21, 2017 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 and resources, provide feedback).

Each year, a total of 12, two-person teams are selected for the CBPR Partnership Academy through a competitive review process (click here for eligibility requirements). All program expenses are 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 participate 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.

Over the past two years, 24 teams from across 13 states and two tribal nations have participated in the Academy. Program evaluation results show that, as of the end of 2016, cohort one participants had submitted 11 CBPR-related grant proposals following their participation in the Academy, 10 of which received funding for between $5,000 and $80,000. Eight participants also carried out trainings and workshops related to CBPR; more than half of the teams have disseminated their partnership's work to community audiences; and eight academic participants are incorporating CBPR into their teaching on a regular basis. To date, two-thirds of Academy participants have been people of color. 

Thank you to everyone who applied for the 2017-2018 cohort. Please see profiles of selected teams below. 

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This 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.

     The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center

     University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH)
     1415 Washington Heights
     Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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