Community-Based Participatory Research at the Yale Clinical Scholars Program

For the past 10 years, the Clinical Scholars Program at Yale has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with a number of organizations in New Haven employing the community-based participatory research (CBPR) model for community partnered projects. Clinical Scholars have partnered with community organizations on over 30 different community-partnered projects, from which over 20 peer reviewed articles have been published. Projects range from Scholars working individually with a community partner, to dyads in some years, to full cohorts working with multiple partners on a project. The project is shaped by the Scholar, community partner, the specifics of the project in conversation with CBPR faculty. CBPR has proven to be a valuable approach to:

  • Applying research skills Scholars have been developing and the translation of research findings into action in real time
  • Providing new perspectives on health issues from a community and/or consumer perspective
  • Build the skills and knowledge of both the Scholar and their community partner on an issue
  • Plan strategies for sustainability for new interventions and continuous quality improvement
  • Learn how to work as co-equal members of a diverse team each with unique experience and expertise

Those trained in CBPR and with CBPR experience will have an advantage in understanding the emerging interest in patient centered care outcomes and with institutions and funders seeking investigators with CBPR experience.

Community is defined as consumers of healthcare and their advocated, traditional and non-traditional providers of healthcare, and local and state policymakers. With the assumption that genuine community-academic partnerships are the best way to improve health locally, the RWJF CSP is committed to not only providing classroom content on CBPR but also encouraging that Scholars spend 15 percent of their time doing a local health research project that applies the principles of CBPR.