Engaging Communities in the Research Process to Enhance Outcomes and Sustainability: Practical Strategies for Researchers and Public Health Practitioners

Carly Hutchinson, MA, PhD
Lecturer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Director of Communications & Community Relations, Harlem Health Promotion Center


Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a research method that equitably involves all community and academic partners in every step of designing and conducting research. CBPR allows community members to research a topic that is important to them and improves their health. This course provides practical strategies to help people engage in a more successful way with communities using CBPR. CBPR is successful because of the relevancy of a co-developed research project and greater community buy-in, both of which lead to better outcomes and sustainability.

Dr. Hutchinson describes the Community Engagement Continuum for the various ways in which researchers can involve communities in their research, and provides two case studies for how this has been done.  She gives further tips on how to get started trying CBPR and makes a strong case for its value.

Course Objectives:

  • Name the different levels of community engagement that researchers can participate in.
  • Describe the importance of understanding and involving the communities you are researching.
  • Define cultural humility.

Continuing Education: 1.0 CPH, 1.0 CHES

Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014 Version)

3A3, 3B3, 3C3, 4A3, 4A4, 4A5, 4B3, 4B4, 4B5, 4C3, 4C5, 5A3, 5A4, 5A10, 5B3, 5C3, 8A3

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