About CBPR

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Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a collaborative way of doing research that engages community members, uses local knowledge in the understanding of health problems and the design of interventions, and equitably involves researchers and community partners in all aspects of research.

Principles of CBPR adopted by RHCP

  • CBPR recognizes the community as a unit of identity.  A community may be defined by a geographic area, but it could also be a shared ethnic/racial/group or other identityCBPR builds on the strengths and resources within the community.
  • CBPR uses collaborative, equitable partnership principles in all aspects of the research.  Academic and community partners work together to define the problem, collect information, find solutions, implement programs, and interpret and disseminate results.
  • CBPR involves learning together and capacity building among all partners.
  • CBPR involves a balance between research and action for the benefit of all partners.
  • CBPR focuses on public health concerns of local relevance and addresses social determinants of health.
  • CBPR involves a long-term process and commitment to sustainability.
  • CBPR is a process-oriented and iterative approach.