Increasing Community Research Capacity to Address Health Disparities

Goldie Komaie, Christine C. Ekenga, Vetta L. Sanders Thompson, Melody Goodman

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Abstract

The Community Research Fellows Training program is designed to enhance capacity for community-based participatory research; program participants completed a 15-week, Master of Public Health curriculum. We conducted qualitative, semistructured interviews with 81 participants from two cohorts to evaluate the learning environment and how the program improved participants' knowledge of public health research. Key areas that provided a conducive learning environment included the once-a-week schedule, faculty and participant diversity, and community-focused homework assignments. Participants discussed how the program enhanced their understanding of the research process and raised awareness of public health-related issues for application in their personal lives, professional occupations, and in their communities. These findings highlight key programmatic elements of a successful public health training program for community residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-66
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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Keywords

  • academic-community partnership
  • community-based participatory research
  • program evaluation
  • public health training
  • qualitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Law

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Increasing Community Research Capacity to Address Health Disparities. / Komaie, Goldie; Ekenga, Christine C.; Sanders Thompson, Vetta L.; Goodman, Melody.

In: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.02.2017, p. 55-66.

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Komaie, Goldie ; Ekenga, Christine C. ; Sanders Thompson, Vetta L. ; Goodman, Melody. / Increasing Community Research Capacity to Address Health Disparities. In: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 2017 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 55-66.
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