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Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Through specially designed coursework (Foundations of Community Engaged Research), that includes complementary experiential sessions/seminars, Scholars learn the principles and practices of community engagement. This includes working with local leaders to collaboratively assess community health priorities and exploring ways to address these priorities. A major emphasis of the training is the expectation that present and future research projects will involve substantive engagement with stakeholders. Scholars have the opportunity to engage in a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project, partnering with local community organizations or healthcare providers or payers to conduct research that will vary according to the specific interests of the Scholars and community stakeholders, but will have a common attribute: the ability to conduct research that is inclusive, relevant, and high-impact. When equity in health research matters, try CBPR.

Click here to read 10 Years of Making a Difference: A Journey in CBPR 2005-2015.

CBPR in New Haven strives to:

  • Make a positive difference in health outcomes in New Haven residents
  • Under the auspices of YCCI's Center for Research Engagement (CRE), create a permanent home for community-engaged research at Yale School of Medicine and in the community
  • Advance and operationalize health data democracy across New Haven

Some examples of community projects in New Haven include:

  • Project Access New Haven
  • Evaluating the Project Access Medicaid Emergency Medicine Program
  • Creating Medical Respite Care for Homeless Individuals

Some examples of recent Scholar publications:

  • Pendyal A, Rosenthal MS, Spatz ES, Cunningham A, Bliesener D, Keene DE. "When you're homeless, they look down on you": A qualitative, community-based study of homeless individuals with heart failure. Heart Lung. 2021 Jan-Feb;50(1):80-85. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.08.001. Epub 2020 Aug 10. PMID: 32792114; PMCID: PMC7738391.
  • O'Neill KM, Vega C, Saint-Hilaire S, Jahad L, Violano P, Rosenthal MS, Maung AA, Becher RD, Dodington J. Survivors of gun violence and the experience of recovery. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Jul;89(1):29-35. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002635. PMID: 32118821.
  • Dhruva S, Elder J, Spatz E, Cobbs-Lomax D, Branyan C, Corso M, Green A, Kelley L, Moriarty K, Olson D, Park H, Rosenthal MS. Implementation of an EConsult System with Patient Navigation. Journal of Health Care for the poor and Underserved. 2019;30(1):28-39.
  • McMickens C, Clayton A, Rosenthal MS, Wallace L, Howell HB, Smith M. A Qualitative Exploration of Mothers' Experiences Receiving Mental Health Services in a Supermarket Setting. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2019 Jan. doi: 10.10007/s10995-018-2646-3.
  • Oldfield BJ, Tinney BJ, Dodington JM. Partnering with Youth in Community-Based Participatory Research to Address Violence Prevention. Pediatr Res. 2018 Aug;84(2):155-156 doi:10.1038/s41390-018-0074-0.
  • Oldfield BJ, Harrison MA, Genao I, Greene AT, Pappas ME, Glover JG, Rosenthal MS. Patient, Family, and Community Advisory Councils in Health Care and Research: A Systematic Review. JGIM. Published on-line 26 July 2018. doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4565-9.
  • Riley C, Roy B, Harari N, Vashi A, Violano P, Greene A, Lucas G, Smart J, Hines T, Spell S, Taylor S, Tinney B, Williams M, Wang EA. Preparing for Disaster: A Cross-Sectional Study of Social Connection and Gun Violence. J Urban Health. 2017 Oct;94(5):619-628. doi: 10.1007/s11524-016-0121-2.
  • Wang KH, Ray NJ, Berg DN, Greene AT, Lucas G, Harris K, Carroll-Scott A, Tinney B, Rosenthal MS. Using Community-Based Participatory Research and Organizational Diagnosis to Characterize Relationships between Community Leaders and Academic Researchers. Preventative Medicine Reports. 2017 June 21; 7:180-186.

What Scholars say about their CBPR experience:

“I am actively applying the CBPR skills very vigorously in my current efforts to create practice and culture change at my hospital.”

“CBPR experiences through the NCSP have provided new career opportunities for me.”

“As a clinician scholar, working on a CBPR project served to deepen my interest in collaborating with community-based organizations as part of my research career.”

What Community Partners say about CBPR:

“CBPR offered a new model for community/university research relationships."

“The scholars and the scholar program have changed and improved the perception of research among community groups/organizations in the New Haven area."

“The impact has been dramatically positive. Scholars have changed the reputation of “research” in New Haven."