Welcome to Creating a Common Language (In Partnership) to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities: Continuing the Dialogue Community Based Participatory Research Dinner Workshop Series, presented by the SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership.
This event was conceived by the Partnership’s Community Liaison Subcommittee in an effort to bridge the gap between community based and academic research. The first Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Forum was held over a day and a half in San Diego, Ca; utilizing the first day, as a half day training and networking session to introduce students and early career investigators to community based participatory research. The final day was an open forum for all levels of community and academic researchers to discuss Community Based Participatory Research as it relates to Cancer Health Disparities and what is needed to do it effectively.
Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is defined as “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.”1 A myriad of critical factors must be in place for CBPR to take hold, but among them, these three are essential: (1) an opportunity to meet others with whom common research interests can be developed and shared, (2) an opportunity to establish new research relationships in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere that promotes teamwork, collaboration and trust, and (3) an opportunity to develop and strengthen shared research interests by examining existing assumptions and biases and exploring new concepts and ideas through a process of shared learning and mutual respect. The workshop series has been designed to focus on these opportunities in an atmosphere of sharing and fun.
The purpose of the formation of the dinner workshop series is to revive the excitement and continue the dialogue established during our October 2011 Forum between community and academic partners on developing effective CBPR partnerships to eliminate cancer health disparities.