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

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

Description:

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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I do not work for a State or Local Health Department in NYS.


I do work for a State or a Local Health Department in NYS.

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you register for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).

Achieving Health Equity through Community Control of Budgets

Presenter:
Jennifer Godzeno, MSUP, MPH, AICPGodzeno Headshot
Deputy Director, Participatory Budgeting Project
Culture of Health Leader, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Description:

Participatory budgeting involves community members in deciding what to do with a given budget.  It is a powerful tool used globally to increase community engagement and shift from “indirect” to “direct” democracy. Its impacts include encouraging a more responsive government, giving voices to community members who otherwise may be ineligible to vote in standard elections, and has even been linked to a 30% reduction in under-5 mortality in communities in Brazil that adopted the practice. Jennifer Godenzo discusses how it applies to the “ladder of participation” by giving citizens control and is thus equitable, empowering, and focuses on the social determinants of health.  She explains the five steps of participatory budgeting: design a process with the community, brainstorm ideas, develop proposals, cast a vote, and fund winning projects.  She also gives examples of where participatory budgeting has been used, from high schools in Phoenix, AZ to citywide community garden projects in Vallejo, CA to within organizations, such as hospitals and foundations.

Course Objectives:

  • Name the characteristics of public engagement practices that offer community control to historically underrepresented and under-resourced communities
  • Describe how participatory budgeting has impacted health outcomes and social determinants of health in the US and internationally
  • Describe opportunities to integrate data-informed community engagement practices into the allocation of health-focused funds and/or budgets that influence the social determinants of health

Continuing Education: 1.0 CPH, 1.0 CHES

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

2A2, 3A3, 3A8, 3B3, 4A4, 4A5, 4B4, 4C4, 5A3, 5A5, 5A6, 5A10, 5B8, 5C8, 7A5, 7A10, 7C5, 8A3, 8B3, 8C3

Click on the appropriate button to begin.

I do not work for a State or Local Health Department in NYS.


I do work for a State or a Local Health Department in NYS.

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you register for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).

National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities : Toolkit for Community Action

To support community efforts in the goal of ending health disparities and promoting health equity, the Office of Minority Health has released the new NPA Toolkit for Community Action. Through this toolkit, community members will have the information and resources they need to help engage fellow citizens and local media as they spread the word about health disparities and educate others about the impact disparities have in the lives of individuals and the greater impact on society.

This toolkit has been developed to help individuals, organizations and policy makers:

• Raise awareness about health disparities – it includes descriptions of health disparities and their causes.

• Engage others in conversations about the problem and solutions – it provides tools to guide efforts to promote programs and policies for change.

• Take action for change – it provides information and tools to help individuals and organizations address health in their communities.

National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities : Toolkit for Community Action