Engaging Communities of Color in Aging ResearchGiselle Corbie-Smith, MDUniversity of North Carolina Chapel HillProgram on Health DisparitiesSheps Center for Health Services ResearchNC Translational and Clinical Science Institute
OverviewHow did we get to mandated inclusion?Are older minorities underrepresented in research?Influences on participation of older minoritiesRole of community engagement
How Did We Arrive at Mandated Inclusion?Public reports of ethical misconduct raised concerns about vulnerability in researchNuremberg TrialsWillowbrook StudyJewish Chronic Disease Hospital US Public Health Study at TuskegeeBelmont Report reinforced the need to protect groups considered vulnerable by physical, mental or social and economic circumstances
How Did We Arrive at Mandated Inclusion?Little public pressure to enter clinical research due to perception of high risk and low benefitHIV/AIDS became a pivotal event in research participationResearch seen as offering best and least costly hope to victims AIDS victims campaigned to gain admission to clinical studiesShift in clinical research being considered a risky burden to a prized benefit from which no one should excluded
Why Worry About Minority Inclusion in Clinical Research1993 NIH Revitalization ActParticipation of racial and ethnic minorities in clinical trials is critical for understanding and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities to better understand disparities in health to improve the generalizability of research findingsClinical research drives advances in medical careYou gotta be in it to win it
Minority Enrollment for NIH Extramural Phase III Research Protocols(Reported in FY 2003)Dept. of Health and Human Services, (2004). Comprehensive Report: Tracking of Human Subjects Research Reported in FY 2002 and FY 2003.# of protocols = 5153n = 9,378,140Percentage
Enrollment of nonwhites in heart failure randomized controlled trialsHeiat A, Gross CP, Krumholz HM. Arch Intern Med. 2002; 162(15):1684.
Barriers to Accrual Barriers to awarenessLack of education about trialsLack of dissemination of study opportunities to patients/providersLack of knowledge about the origins of cancerBarriers to opportunityCostFunctional statusStudys duration and visit structureTime commitmentLack of or inadequate health insuranceLack of transportationProvider attitudesBarriers to acceptancePerceived harms of clinical trial participationMistrust of research, researchers, and the medical systemFearFamily considerationsFord, Howerton, Bolen, et al. AHRQ Evidence Report. 2005
Promoters of accrualPromoters of awarenessEducation programs for community physiciansAdequate knowledge about studyWorkshop on trialsPromoters of opportunityCulturally relevant education about trialsProviding transportationPromoters of acceptanceAltruismPerceived benefits of trial participationIncentivesFord, Howerton, Bolen, et al. AHRQ Evidence Report. 2005
Distrust and African AmericansThought to stem from the history of racial discrimination and exploitation US Public Health Service Syphilis Study at TuskegeeExperiences extending back to slaveryMedical and surgical experimentation on slavesRobbery of Black graves for cadavers in medical educationCurrent fear of hospitalization
African Americans and DistrustDistrust exists among both Blacks and WhitesAfrican Americans more likely to believe doctors would ask them to participate in harmful research or expose them to unnecessary risksdoctors would not explain research or would treat them as part of an experiment without their consent African Americans had 5 times odds of having highest distrust scoresDifferences persisted after controlling for markers of socioeconomic statusStill need to explore the contributions of interpersonal and societal trust Demonstrating our trustworthiness one important step in improving minority participation
Corbie-Smith et al, Archives of Internal Medicine, Nov 2002
Social and Health Priorities of Older African Americans andLatinosFocus group with older Latinos and African Americans, and survey of community-based organizations serving older African Americans or LatinosAffordable housing, enough money to meet their needs, adequate transportation, and safer neighborhoods were urgent priorities for older Latinos and African Americans and superseded their health concerns Distrust of researchers, lack of information, caregiver obligations, fear of experimentation, and lack of benefits were identified as barriers to research participationWilling to participate if fully informed, perceive tangible benefits and congruence between the objectives of researchers and participants
Npoles-Springer et al. Research on Aging 2000; 22; 668
Consumer Centered Models in Mental Health Research in Older MinoritiesConsult with community opinion leaders, gatekeepers, and representative consumers when designing their researchfocus groups and advisory boards made up of members from the target communityimproves research groups ability to understand community-specific recruitment/retention collaboratively develop methods for overcomingInclude staff members who are ethnically similar to, have experience working with, or are members of the target populationmay also be more sensitive to participants reactionsand can provide feedback Method of anticipating respondent burden to minimize attritionProvide feedback to the target community
Arean, The Gerontologist, 2003
Success in longitudinal studies of agingUse of a culturally grounded approach to recruitment and retentionAssign the same interviewers to communicate with and interview study participants for each wave of data collection.Ensure that all interviewers are knowledgeable of cultural values and norms, possible family dynamics, and social issues within the African American community.Provide a mechanism by way of the toll-free number for all study participants to contact the project staff at their convenience.Allow flexibility in scheduling and/or rescheduling interviews at the participants convenience.
Dilworth-Anderson and Williams, J Aging Health 2004; 16; 137S
Surface Structure vs. Deep Structure Recruitment StrategiesSurface StructurePSAs on minority radio stations
PSAs on television
Advertisements in minority newspapers
Deep StructureRadio interview with a credible host in the target market, coupled with traditional PSAs
Station viewed by the target market, particular hours, and use of cable channels
Include a story written about the study and investigators in credible print media, coupled with adsResnicow et al, Ethn Dis. 1999 Winter;9(1):10-21
Suggestions for Effective Recruitment and RetentionStop by when you dont want somethingCommunity involvement in research infrastructureUse appropriate channels of communicationDemonstrate an appreciation for barriers Offer an incentive that is meaningful to participantsProvide feedback and disseminate findingsAsk people to participate
What Happens When You Ask?Widely claimed that minority groups are less willing than non-Hispanic whites to participate in health researchExamined 20 health research studies Small differences by race/ethnicity in willingness to participate non-intervention studies: African Americans had slightly lower consent rates; Clinical and surgical interventions: slightly higher consent rates than non-Hispanic whitesWendler et al. PLoS Med.2006
If you're targeting minority groups, you have a lot of community issues that you've got to work throughbuy in from churches, local, opinion leaders I think you've got a lot more foot work to do and discussions to occur so that the community is fully aware of what the project is about because misperceptions can really destroy a study. Even if the study is done, everything is perfect, the IRB completely agrees and it's been reviewed. The study can be destroyed by misperception.Investigator, stroke clinical trials in minority communitiesRole of Community Involvement
Why Involve Communities?Investigators bring technical knowledge about topic and expertise in research methodologyCommunity members bring in depth knowledge of community concerns, needs, values, and priorities Providing the framework for study questions, Identifying ethical concerns about the project, Suggesting how to modify the study to increase acceptance of the research in the community, Assuring that data collection instruments are culturally appropriate, Promoting enrollment and retention in the study. Input from community members can be important for understanding risks research poses and identifying most acceptable methods of ameliorating themEnhances ability of community groups to use research results in advocating for social change
Examining Ethical Principles Due to social, historical and economic contexts, ethical principles need to be examined in underserved communities Respect for persons: Informed consent may need to be examined if participants are vulnerable in many ways and live in communities that lack economic and political powerBeneficence: Participants and community representatives may have a markedly different assessment of benefits and risks of research than researchers or IRBsJustice: Often focuses on equitable selection of subjects; in communities where there may be multiple vulnerabilities additional issues of power, responsibility, trust, context, and history must be considered
Approaches to Community InvolvementRange of involvement from none to passive to active to partner/collaborators Investigators consult with individuals at the periphery of community cultural systems Investigators consult with influential community members for endorsement and support, but not advice or guidanceInvestigators consult with influential community members for support, advice, and guidance, usually through an advisory boardInvestigators partner with the community to define problem, identify potential solutions, and conduct research -- community as collaborator -- negotiating goals and conduct of study and analysis and use of findingsPotential for manipulation especially when involvement is limited and decision-making power of community members is absent
If I do all of this and it benefits society given the way brothers are treated [in this country] how is it going to help me?
Perceptions of Research ParticipationDoubt and distrust about research participationNot sure if research participation will lead to improved health for them or their communityAware of the disparities in health and access to care Experiences in clinical care inform their expectation of research participation
How Can Investigators Ensure That Participation in Research Translates Into Tangible Benefits for Minority Communities?
Rethinking Benefit Expected outcome of participation is benefitPotential direct benefits of receiving a particular intervention in a clinical study Collateral benefits of study participation such as free medical careSocietal benefits that accrues to others in greater societyKing NMP. The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 2000
Societal Benefit and Minority Communities Disparities in health are in part determined by social and environmental inequitiesConsider ways to affect socioeconomic factors Build capacity among community leaders Creating opportunities for employment and training Building and supporting infrastructure Provide the results of study findings Take cues from international efforts HIV/AIDS trialsNBAC guidelines on conducting trials in resource poor countriesOther nations as examples: New Zealand and MaoriCorbie-Smith, et al, Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004
Societal Benefit and Minority CommunitiesNeed a deliberate multidimensional approach Opportunity to demonstrate our trustworthinessClose the circle between inclusion of minorities in clinical research and disparate health outcomes So that research participation is not another example of inequities so evident in this country
Types of EngagementInvestigator Initiated Community Based ResearchResearch CollaborationsOne on oneMultiple organizationsCommunity Advisory BoardsCommunity Based Participatory Research
Why CBPR?Complex health and social problems ill-suited to outside expert researchIncreasing community and funder demands for community-driven researchDisappointing results in intervention researchIncreasing understanding of importance of local and cultural contextIncreasing interest in use of research to improve best practices/best process
Definition of CBPRCBPR is a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change to improve community health and eliminate health disparities.
W.K. Kellogg Community Scholars Program (2001)
What is and is not CBPR?CBPR is an orientation to researcha collaborative approach that changes the role of researcher and researchedCBPR is an applied approachGoal is to influence change in community health, systems, programs, or policiesCBPR is not a method or set of methodsSource: See hsc.unm.edu/som/fcm/cpr/docs/CBPR_Intro.ppt
Perspectives on CBPR extremes of a continuumCommunity: Research as imposing on or using vs. benefiting or involving the communityAcademia: Community participation as largely incompatible with rigorous research
Health Concerns IdentifiedStudy Designed and Funding SoughtParticipants recruited and retention systems implementedMeasurement instruments designed and data collectedIntervention designed and implementedData analyzed and interpreted Translation of findingsC. helps identify key issues Incr. motivation to participateTraditional Research ApproachC. helps with study design, budget, proposal submission Incr. acceptability and buy-inIssues selected from Epid. dataDesign: science and feasibilityBudget: research expensesCommunity-Based Participatory ResearchC. gives guidance re recruitment and retention Enhanced recruitment and retentionC. helps with measures development and testing Increased reliability and validityC. helps guide intervention development Greater relevance and likelihood for successC. helps with data interpretation and publications Enhanced potential for translation and disseminationResearchers report findings from analysis and publish in peer review journalsIntervention designed by researchers based on literature and theoryMeasures adopted or adapted from other studies, psychometric testingRecruitment and Retention based on science and best guesses
Principles of CBPRAcknowledges community as a unit of identityBuilds on strengths and resources within the community Facilitates a collaborative, equitable partnership in all phases of research, involving an empowering and power-sharing process that attends to social inequalities
Principles of CBPRFosters co-learning and capacity building among all partnersSeeks balance between knowledge generation and intervention (research and action)Focuses on the local relevance of public health problems and pays attention to the multiple determinants of health
Principles of CBPRInvolves a cyclical and iterative processDisseminates results to all partners and involves them in the wider dissemination of resultsInvolves a long-term process, relationship and commitment to sustainabilitySource: Israel, Eng, Schulz, and Parker 2005
CBPR Tools and ApproachesFocus groupsInterviewsWindshield ToursCommunity Capacity InventoryCommunity Asset MapsRisk MappingCommunity DialoguesPhotovoice Source: Minkler and Wallerstein, 2008
Project GRACE: Building and sustaining effective CBPR partnerships to address HIV disparities
Giselle Corbie-Smith, Principal Investigator
How Project GRACE Started
NIH Request for ApplicationNational Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)Goal to reduce/eliminate health disparities3 year needs assessmentPilot intervention
Planned Approach to Partnership DevelopmentStage 1: Initial mobilizationStage 2: Establishment of organizational structureStage 3: Capacity building for actionStage 4: Planning for actionSource: Florin P, Mitchell R, Stevenson J. Identifying training and technical assistance needs in community coalitions: a developmental approach. Health Educ Res 1993;8(3):417-32.
Stage 1: Initial Mobilization Writing the GrantUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites the community to the table at the outsetCommunity-based organization (CBO) liaisonAssembled a group of CBOs to provide inputComponents developed by working committeesPresentation to the larger community
Who is at the Table?The CommunitySubcontractorsAgency/CBO RepresentationGrassroots RepresentationIndividual Representation
Stage 2: Establish Organizational StructureProject GRACE ConsortiumComprised of **51** organizations and **43** individualsCommunications & Publications Sub-CommitteeSteering CommitteeArea L AHEC (Comm Outreach Spec)Nash Co. Health Dept.Better Days AheadNash Health Care SystemsCEO (Youth LHA Supv)New Sources, Inc. (Parent LHA Supv)Citizens of Edgecombe Co.Project Momentum, Inc. (COC)East Tarboro-Princeville CDC Rocky Mount OIC (Interviewer Supv)Edgecombe Co. Health Dept.Sozo MinistriesFreedom Hill Community Health Center Visions, Inc. (Process Consultants)Heritage HospitalWright Center, Inc.NAACP, Edgecombe CountyUNC-Chapel Hill (Project Coordinator, PI)
The ConsortiumMission To improve the health of minority and/or high-risk populations by establishing collaborative structures and processes that respond to, empower, and facilitate communities in defining and solving their own problems.Includes volunteers from many fields, including:-HIV/STI prevention and/or care services -Recreation -Edgecombe County and City Government -Private Business -Health Care Services -Mental Health Services & Support -Education & Educational Support for Youth -Character and Life Skills Training -Daycare Services -Employment assistance -Housing Assistance -Religious/Spiritual Support -Legislative Representation -Education & Educational Support for Young Adults and Adults -Local History/Genealogy for African Americans
Stage 3: Capacity Building for ActionInitial and ongoing multicultural isms trainingProcess consultants at each community meetingAnnual process evaluationCoalition building sessionsPeriodic retreats to address concerns, progress and strategic planning
Stage 4: Planning for ActionIdentify community needs and assets to plan intervention11 focus groups conducted37 stakeholder interviewsIntervention mapping to plan interventionPre-test curriculum piecesPilot test intervention
Lessons LearnedPlanned approach has resulted in effective engagement of community membersConsortium membership increased from 15 to 57Representation from 51+ community agencies and 43 individuals82% of steering committee reside or work in the two countiesCommunity members chair 5 of the 6 working committeesOver 100 people attended community forumsNeed for flexibility in by-laws, organizational structure and processes
Paying close attention to organizational structure, developing by-laws and focusing on process have been crucial
SummaryMultiple factors influence participation in researchEffective strategies are Multidimensional Engage target populations Address community concerns and expectations
NC TraCS and Community Engagement in Translational Research
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc
Deputy Director, NC TraCS InstituteDirector, Community Engagement CoreDirector, Program on Health DisparitiesSheps Center
Clinical andTranslational Science Awards (CTSA)A national consortium of medical research institutions, working together and sharing a common vision to:Improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country Reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients Engage communities in clinical research efforts Train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers
CTSA Network 2009To date, 46 institutions have received CTSA funding, the total is expected to reach 60 by 2010
NC Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) InstituteOur mission:transform all activities relating to clinical and translational research create new programs and pathways that make it easier for research to be performed at UNC and throughout the State of North Carolina.
NC TraCS Community Engagement Corefocused on conducting T2 research and ensuring community input and outreach:
Increased acceptance of and adherence to effective medical interventions
Improved recruitment and retention
Dissemination of culturally appropriate health-related information
Community Engagement Core (CEC)Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc - Director CEC Purpose: Create permanent research structures Regional TraCS campuses-local community boards, single connection portal and core resources with stable research staff so that population research dictated by community needs can proceed rapidly and successfully. Guiding Principles: Two-way Exchange Bi-directional between university and community Participatory Approaches Co-learning , shared decision making, mutual ownership of products and processes Education and Training Specific capacity building for all partners community, investigators and health care providers
Regional TraCS Campus (RTC)Clinical Coordinator
Community Based OrganizationsCommunityOutreachSpecialist
Healthy CaroliniansLocal CommunityAdvisory BoardCommunity PracticesPractice Based Research NetworkUniversity Researchers
Regional TraCS Campuses*
The CEC provides consultation on a range of services, including:
Connection PortalIdentify potential community and university partners for collaborationMap service areas of research efforts
Education and TrainingTraining community and clinical audiencesIdentify potential community and university partners for collaborationTechnical assistance at community level for pilot application process
Regional TraCS Campuses Local research staffIdentification of meeting spaceDissemination of study resultsAssistance with study implementation/data collection (i.e. interviewing, focus groups, screening potential study participants, survey administration, etc.)Coordination of community meetingsIdentification of community-based organizationsIdentification of clinical practicesData entryReport summaries
NC TraCS ServicesProviding the infrastructure to increase the safety, speed, and rigor of patient-oriented research:TraCS Research Inquiry DeskResearch NavigatorsIND/IDE SpecialistsResearch Subject Advocates Recruitment SpecialistsStrategic Opportunities
Data ManagementBiostatisticsEthics/RegulatoryBioinformaticsCareer Development ResourcesEducationConsultation ServicesClinical Trials ResourcesCore FacilitiesDisseminationGrant & IRB Assistance
*NC TraCS Pilot Grant ProgramTraC$2KTraCS offers up to $2,000 grants to assist researchers implement a proposed study, or move a research project forward by providing rapid access to funds that will support almost any aspect of promising and innovative research. TraC$10KTraCS offers up to $10,000 grants to support researchers with the early development of a research idea, or to expand an existing study beyond the original scope into promising new directions. Large Pilot Program The TraCS Large Pilot Grant serves as a stimulus for new research initiatives aimed at obtaining sufficient preliminary data to allow new applications for extramural funding.
Each of these pilot programs will be offered multiple times within the first year of the CTSA. For specific program guidelines and application due dates, please visit our website www.tracs.unc.edu
Additional CBPR ResourcesCBPR Curriculumhttp://www.cbprcurriculum.info/CBPR Toolkitshttp://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/research_programs/aging/publications/CEAL-UNC%20Manual%20for%20Community-Based%20Participatory%20Research-1.pdfBooksIsrael BA, Eng E, Schulz AJ, Parker EA. (Eds.) (2005). Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research for Health. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Minkler, M, Wallerstein, E. (Eds.) (2008) Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: From Process to Outcomes. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass.NIH Summer Institute on CBPRhttp://conferences.thehillgroup.com/si2009/agenda.html
How Can We Move the Field ForwardDont assume that others (or you) know what you mean by raceExplicit definitions of raceMore careful in invoking either biological or social constructions of raceStatement on the theory that might explain differences in health outcomes
Hutchins LF, Unger JM, Crowley JJ et al. N Engl J Med 1999;341:2061-7.). Proportion of Blacks Enrolled in Trials of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) as Compared with the Proportion of Blacks in the U.S. Population of Patients with Cancer, According to the Type of Cancer
*Thank you so much for inviting me to speak with you today. Role at HPDP promoting the use of CBPR. Delighted to have this opportunity to speaks with representatives from Region 4 Health Departments.**
Federal guidelines have mandated the inclusion of minorities in clinical research in an effort to better understand disparities in health and to improve the generalizability of research findings,.
However there is concern that distrust of research and the medical community will impede successful recruitment of African Americans.
*AHRQ commissioned a systematic review of existing evidence on recruitment of underrepresented populations into cancer clinical trials.Investigators focused on six key questions related to recruitment. Question number five asks, What are the documented barriers and promoters of participation for underrepresented populations in cancer prevention and treatment trials? This question has two sub-questions: 5a. Do these barriers and promoters differ by age, gender, socioeconomic status or race/ethnicity? 5b. Are these barriers and promoters modified by cultural factors?
Identified 118 distinct barriers to participation and 59 distinct promotersFocused on barriers and promoters to awareness, opportunity, and acceptanceStudy participants reported more barriers and promoters related to opportunity than to awareness or acceptance
The barriers listed here represent the most frequently reported.
*Distrust among African Americans is thought to stem from the history of racial discrimination and exploitation in the United States.
The US Public Health Service Study at Tuskegee has come to symbolize ethical misconduct in the context of clinical research.
However, distrust in medicine and research in fact may be rooted in experiences extending back to slavery through to the present day.
***In an effort to understand the claims that racial and ethnic minorities are less willing than non-Hispanic whites to participate in health research, Wendler et at performed a comprehensive literature search of published health research studies that reported consent rates by race or ethnicity. They found 20 reports that did this. The studies represent a broad range of research, including interviews as well as clinical and surgical trials. Together, they report the enrollment decisions of over 70,000 individuals. Eighteen of the 20 studies were single-site studies conducted exclusively in the United States. The researchers found very small differences (in most cases non-statistically significant differences) in the consent rates of minorities, mostly African Americans and Hispanics, compared to non-Hispanic whites. This suggests that minorities are as willing to participate in research studies and underrepresentation of minorities may have more to do with characteristics of the study rather than racial/ethnic identity of the participants. For instance, researchers found significant differences by race/ethnicity in the number of individuals invited to participate (seven of the 17 clinical and surgical trials offered enrollment to few individuals from minority groups, especially considering the percentage of the population composed and the incidence of the disease being studied. P.207)
Bullet Two: For these ten clinical interventions, the consent rates for African Americans versus non-Hispanic whites was 45.3% vs 41.8, which was not a statistically significant difference. For these studies, Hispanics had statistically significant higher consent rates compared to non-Hispanic whites (55.9% vs 41.8%).
Bullet Three: For these seven surgical intervention studies, all minority groups were categorized together. Minorities as a group had non-significantly higher consent rates than non-Hispanic whites (65.8% vs 47.8%).
*Why is CBPR useful?Please note, I have included useful sources on some of the slides and a resource section at the end
Complex health and social problemsCommunity members bring own expertise to the tableFunder demandsLike the opportunity before youDisappointing results in intervention researchInterventions shaped by outside experts may not take into account the unique contexts of communities, may not ask the right questions or even know which questions to askIncreasing understanding of importance of local and cultural context
Increasing interest in use of research to improve best practices/best processAn interative approach, suitable to **Kellogg Health Scholars Program, a CBPR post doc training program, long-time expertise in partnering with communities to tackle health disparities. Tremendous expertise . . .
Remembers this definition as we continue and look at examples later in the webinar**CBPR is an orientation, an approach, a processNot methods, can use a whole variety of methods, as long as involve partners in all aspects of researchOngoing mutual learningEquitable contributions of expertiseShared responsibility and ownership
**This speaks to CBPR as focused on Academic Community partnerships, I realize this might not be a component of your projects, but useful for thinking about CBPR and perspective communities (and academics) may bring to the process.
CBPR more and more accepted.
Community wary of researchAcademia wary of community participation
Dynamic has changed over time.
**Here is a more detailed look at CBPR. CBPR represented on top.Traditional research approach on bottom. Stages of research process (again, more than the process you will engage in, but useful to think about)**So, given all this background, what are the principles that define CBPR?
What do we mean by community of identity? Different definitions of community community as unit of identity means a community defined by a sense of identification with an emotional connection to others (could be a neighborhood, could be a particular group of which a member gay men) CBPR partnerships identify and work with communities of identity
2) Builds on strengths and resources really tries to identify assets with in communities of identity such as individual skills, social networks, organizations to address identified concerns
3) Equitable partnership, also recognizes different expertise . . . And inequalities (in resrouces or the like) Builds relationships through mutual trust and respect and mechanisms for sharing . . . . . Just finished writing a proposal myself in the CBPR way six months of meeting, assessing, planning, culminating, incorporating, putting together a budget, writing collaboratively . . .
No doubt that there is conflict and compromise involved in process what one of our community partners calls necessary conflict**Fosters co- learningMutual learning as an ongoing processSeeks balance between research and actionFor the purposes of your work in this funding opportunity, seems like the CBPR process will involve collaborative planning for action strategy to benefit the communityLocal relevance pays attention to individuals in their immediate context**CBPR partners involved in sharing results Academic terms co-authoring journals, co-presenting at conference
Think about how the partners involved in your projects can share results**You are writing a proposal to engage community members in designing an initiative to reduce gonorrhea health disparities. What are some ways you can go about involving community members in the process? Increase awareness of issues?
Establish a Community Advisory Group representing diverse interests (talk about this later
Other tools and approaches . . ..
Focus groups very effective Interviews with formal and informal leaders Regular Folks -- Natural helpers those people go to for helpCommunity Capacity Inventory (vs. community needs assessment different frame) -- gathering data from former approaches . . . Surveys etc. Community Asset Maps similar process involve community members in mapping their local resources first individual, then develop map that represents collective views of community strengthsMap social networksRisk mapping where community members identify hazards in a particular setting , discuss risks, and decide what they want to addressCommunity Dialogues See your Funding Opportunity lists Community Meetings as a strategy for community engagement in this process -- National Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities/National Civic League useful process for larger community dialogues
Photovoice a community-based participatory research (CBPR) method that puts cameras into the hands of community members to explore issues and questions important to them. Developed by public health researcher Caroline Wang, the photovoice process enables people to reflect on their communities strengths and concerns, promotes dialogue and new knowledge through discussion of the photographs, and mobilizes action by reaching out to influential advocates through exhibitions and public forums. Photovoice is a useful tool for bringing the voices and perspectives of community members to the table and for shaping research according to the concerns and questions of the community.
Focus in CBPR on Who gets to the Table and next slide -- **Project GRACE: Building and sustaining effective CBPR partnerships to address HIV disparities.***Brief description of how Project GRACE got started. The National Institutes for Health put out a request for applications from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. The RFA required the work to be CBPR, with a goal to reduce or eliminate health disparities. The RFA was for a 3 year grant, where the first two years needed to be a needs assessment, and the last year needed to be a pilot intervention.**We used a staged approach to partnership development that Florin and colleagues describe in their 1993 article. Initial mobilization involves the organizing entity recruiting participants who represent a wide spectrum of individuals, agencies, organizations, and community leaders. During the second stage, the focus is on establishing an organizational structure that reflects the principals of CBPR. The third stage involves enhancing the skills and tools of partners, and increasing the linkages between organizations outside the core group. Stage four focuses on identifying community needs and assets, refining goals and objectives, choosing strategies for implementing interventions, and planning their implementation.**The researchers had already built relationships with some agencies and community based organizations in the area of interest, and we began by reaching out to these folks, who drew in more community based organizations, agencies and individuals. Community meetings were set up to discuss the funding opportunity and the approach we wanted to take. During this stage, there were three open meetings with CBOs and interested individuals.
During the meetings, writing teams were formed to work on the different components of the grant application. Each team contained academic researchers and community members. Decisions about the aims of the project and the proposed research methods were made as a group. The group decided to work on the prevention of HIV among African Americans.
Once the application was drafted, an additional meeting was held to present the proposal to the community for approval. Interesting point:. The Principal Investigator had a detailed power point presentation planned to show to the community. However, rep from community stated we need for the group to feel this so he asked if he could show a video that he uses for his WiseGuy group. The video was short but very moving, it was centered around personal testimony of positive every day people, and it really brought home the importance of what we were proposing to do.**During and after the writing of the proposal, the first issue that had to be decided was who needed to participate in order for us to achieve our aims.
The partners involved in the writing of the grant identified 4 community groups that they felt needed to be included in the proposed project and began reaching out to these groups. The involved CBOs and community members began actively recruiting others from agencies/CBOs, grassroots organizations, and neighborhoods to begin forming a consortium. This initial group was composed of 14 community members representing these various groups.**During the writing phase, we decided on the organizational structure of a consortium that encompassed ALL interested individuals and organizations. The Steering Committee, comprised of academic and community members, drives the research, manages and conducts project related activities, emphasizing equal partnership, collective decision-making and active participation. Finally we also had staff built into the grant who work with the Steering Committee to make everything happen. To mention a few but not all key positions, Project Coordinator and Community Outreach Specialist all community outreach activities. Flexible*The Consortium developed a broad mission statement that extended beyond HIV prevention, since GRACE hopes to be sustainable beyond this grant, and hopes to address other health disparities in the future.
***We have built in several processes to continually build the groups capacity for action. The isms training, provided by Visions, Inc., is used to ensure and support the pluralism & inclusiveness of all relationships and processes in the research project, and to understand the impact of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and other isms on health disparities and how to overcome the isms. This gave us a foundation to build a successful coalition among university, community and agency partners.
A really crucial element has been to include a consultant from Visions as a process consultant who attends every meeting. The consultants role is to make sure that we work through all processes and any difficulties in a safe and respectful way, paying attention to the potential isms and biases that may be underlying our interactions. Having this consultant involved throughout the past 3 years has enabled us to handle difficulties along the way and still maintain mutual respect.
The process evaluation, retreat, and coalition building sessions have similarly been used to continue our growth and capacity building.
**The first 3 stages were focused on building the consortium, structure, process and capacity. The 4th stage moved us into the research phase of the project. We designed a community needs and assets assessment to enable us to plan an appropriate intervention. 11 focus groups were conducted among males and females, designed to elicit opinions on the contributors to HIV in the community, and the needs, assets and resources for interventions to reduce HIV. We also conducted 37 stakeholder semi-structured interviews to examine perceptions of the needs, strengths, and resources in Edgecombe-Nash counties and explore the proposed determinants that contribute to the spread of HIV. Participants were identified by Consortium members and were selected across several stakeholder categories, including politicians, law enforcement, media, recreation, grassroots leaders, faith/religious and others. We took all of the information gathered from the needs assessment and used it to engage in a process called intervention mapping. The process was used to systematically plan an intervention using the information we learned. In brief, the intervention goal is to reduce new HIV/STI diagnoses via a lay health advisor program targeting youth ages 10-14 years & and the parents/parental figures of these youth together as dyads. Our next planning steps will be to pre-test some of the pieces of the curriculum, and then to pilot test the intervention.
Focus Groups--Recruitment--Participants were recruited from both Edgecombe & Nash counties.11 Focus Group Sessions--Focus groups were conducted in local community centers; each group lasted 1-2 hours, 3 general adult female, 2 general adult male, 2 young adult female, 2 young adult male, 1 formerly incarcerated female, 1 formerly incarcerated maleStakeholder interviews 20 representing Nash County and 17 representing Edgecombe County, Participants were identified by Consortium membersI think we should also state one of the general female group was classified as women who attend church on a regular basis
**Among the many lessons learned over the past 2 plus years, we have found that this planned approach has been successful in engaging a broad representation of the community. The consortium membership went from 15 to 57, and includes agencies and individuals. Most of the steering committee resides or works in the two counties, and community members are highly active in committees, where most of the work gets done. We have also held two community forums to present our results and plans to the community, which were extremely well attended. Being flexible to let this process evolve has been crucial. For example, we had many people who wanted to be members of the Steering Committee, but all of the designated voting slots were filled, and everyone felt that expanding the voting membership would make the group too cumbersome. So, the group developed the idea of having ex-officio members who can participate in steering committee meetings and activities and provide their valuable input. Making people feel welcome in the group, making people feel like their opinion is important, and that their commitment is important all contribute to a sense of ownership of the project. This includes simple things like introducing people at the first meeting they attend, name tags, and working to get newcomers involved. It also includes being flexible in our communication strategies. For example, when community members told us that email wasnt always the best mode of communication, we added automated calls to remind folks about meetings. We feel that paying close attention to all of the details described, such as developing by-laws and focusing on process, have been crucial to sustain the engagement of community members.
Consortium Membership--retained 80% of membersSteering Committee--Retained 88% of membersWorking Committees--Chaired by community membersCommunity Forums--Weve had two community forums, and over 50 community members attended each***********************Here are a few resources. Did not want to overwhelm you. Explain each. Hope this has been helpful. Be happy to answer questions now or during your process if you need help. Thank you.**Explicit statement on the theory that might explain differences in health outcomesOften we control in our analyses for factors such as occupation, gender, education without a clear statement of theory of causality- leaves the explaination of causality to the reader- because people tend to attribute behavior to intrisinc properties of the person biologic determination becomes a likely explaination among biomedically trained persons in particula