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Specialized Research in Community Engagement
These specialized services use a community-driven participatory approach. Disenfranchised, medically underserved translate their experiences through projects that assert individual and community agency in communicating meanings of health, and co-constructing health challenges/solutions.
They also participate in the development of deep structure adaptation of "promising" and evidence-based interventions that not only consider the intersectionality of identities and facilitates knowledge of chronic disease and illness but also increases structural competency to resist the impact inequities on individual and community health.
Workshops in Community-Based Participatory Research
Our CBPR training uses effective CBPR projects as examples. Our approach focuses on the social, structural, policy, systems, and environmental inequities and change through identifying steps to achieve active involvement of community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process. We train participants in how to motivate partners to contribute their expertise to enhance understanding of a given phenomenon, share in the decision making, and how to foster ownership of the project. We provide training in how to evaluate CBPR processes and outcomes.
The workshop covers relationship building, and how to communicate with partnering organization(s), stakeholders, and the development of advisory boards and Memorandums of Understandings. It also includes how to apply the core CBPR principles, conduct ethical engagement, and help community-members take the CITI certification in Social/Behavioral Research to assist in data collection.
As well, this workshop can teach how to define the community of interest and identify health needs, resources, and services - points of intervention; help develop logic models and formative assessments, if necessary, to identify needs. We also outline the use of multiple and diverse data collection methods, analyses and interpretation, as well as translating findings into "promising interventions" or for adapting evidence-based interventions.
Specialized Social & Behavioral Research in Health Equity
CAAHDER provides research services that focus on health inequities:
Investigating how structural racism and discrimination impacts how medically-underserved populations construct, communicate, and understand the concept of health.
Examining how these social institutions enforce structural inequities through practices, policies, and privileged belief systems.
Investigating the confluence of health inequities, and how these factors collectively function to impact health decision making, chronic disease risk, and health behaviors (i.e., cardiovascular health, nicotine addiction, and mental health) as well as the dissemination and implementation of promising or evidence-based interventions.
Continued efforts in measuring the impact of health equities and their contributions to health inequities.
Qualitative Approaches and Methods
Training includes approaches to qualitative research such as Ethnography, Ground theory, Phenomenology, and Case study. Methods training include, structured, semi-structured, unstructured one-on-one in depth personal interviews, focus group interviewing, video elicitation interviews, photovoice, participant observation and fieldnotes. Analysis training includes thematic qualitative coding, latent qualitative coding analysis, and content, narrative, and discourse analysis.
In this workshop we learn why and when to use qualitative research and inductive and deductive coding, as well as the importance of intuition and literature in design, data collection, and coding processes. We also provide training in the use of survey data collection as part of qualitative data collection.
Translating Science for Health Equity
In Translating Science for Health Equity, we teach you evidence-based strategies and provide a virtual toolkit to effectively translate scientific data/materials for communication that promotes diversity and inclusion. Duration of workshop depends on needs of the organization. We can focus on a specific translation activity engaging in real time strategies and the tool kit. The workshop can also facilitation Translating Science for beginning, intermediate, and advanced participants.
Nexus of Domination
The Nexus of Dominance in Health (NDH) provides the foundation for critical conversations and collaborative solutions regarding privileged belief systems, racism, discrimination, and bias that shape intersectional health inequities that impact underserved individuals and communities, research and educational institutions, healthcare, and public health. This is designed to flow naturally through a semi structured, facilitated curriculum.
Engaging the Upstream to address Systemic Downstream
This course addresses the tension between downstream implementation of interventions and the necessity of upstream engagement from diverse, underserved African American communities. It address the CAAHDER approach - Awareness, Engagement, Collaboration, and Translate by addressing the following questions:
1. Awareness - How do we increase understand the public health processes in identifying and addressing health risks?
2. Educate - In what ways can we share in their emic understandings of the how, what, why, and who in decision making about the health of their communities?
3. Collaborate - How do we effectively engage communities in downstream public health planning to increase efficacy of research and programs in decreasing health risks?
4. Translate - In what ways can we dissolve power divides to effectively use community input in translating evidence-based programs and research into something that is truly relevant, useful, empowering and sustainable?