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Dr. Minkler is a noted scholar and public health expert who has co-authored two major texts in the public health field: Community-Based Participatory Research for Health and Community Organizing and Community Building for Health. She has more than 30 years of experience in developing and implementing community partnerships, and joining with communities to organize and build CBPR that engages with diverse community groups including the low-income elderly, people with disabilities, youth and women of color.
This presentation will draw on examples of community-based participatory research* (CBPR) in areas including immigrant worker health, food insecurity, asthma and diabetes, and improving global prevention/response to the next Ebola outbreak. Dr. Minkler will illustrate the power and promise of CBPR for improving the public's health and reducing health inequities. Challenges involved in CBPR also will be discussed, as well as promising new developments.
*Community-based participatory research 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, has the aim of combining knowledge with action and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities."
-WK Kellogg Foundation Community Health Scholars Program