Community Based Research
The CCHERS Board of Directors has committed to build on the success of its twenty years of forging community/academic partnerships for the further development of its model of “academic community health centers”. The fifteen community health center partners in CCHERS are recognized as a “primary care practice based research network” by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The focus is on developing community derived and directed health services and clinical research to impact persistent racial and ethnic health disparities among their diverse urban populations. The community based participatory research model is preferred as having the greatest potential for improving the quality of research being conducted, increasing community research capacity and enhancing health outcomes.(1) Our research goals include:
Engage communities as empowered partners and participants in research
Promote criteria for conducting research that is inclusive of underserved and underrepresented populations, particularly women and minorities
Identify and advocate for the adoption of principles and policies to support the model of community based participatory research
Collaborate with academic researchers to facilitate engagement with community in clinical, translational research
Collaborate with community partners to educate community residents, primary care practitioners and patients about the full range and benefits of clinical, translational and comparative effectiveness research
Promote the education, training and professional development of a cadre of health disparities researchers that are representative of the racial and ethnic diversity of the affected populations
Challenges of Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research in Bostons Neighborhoods to Reduce Disparities in Asthma
Elmer R. Freeman, Doug Brugge, Willie Mae Bennett-Bradley, Jonathan I Levy, and Edna Rivera Carrasco. (2006). Challenges of Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research in Boston’s Neighborhoods to Reduce Disparities in Asthma. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Perspectives of Non-Hispanic Black and Latino Patients in Boston’s Urban Community Health Centers on their Experiences with Diabetes and Hypertension
Beverley E. Russell, MPH, PhD,. Edith Gurrola, BA, Chima O. Ndumele, MPH, Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA, James A. O’Malley, PhD, Tom Keegan, PhD, John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP, and LeRoi S. Hicks, MD, MPH. Perspectives of Non-Hispanic Black and Latino Patients in Boston’s Urban Community Health Centers on their Experiences with Diabetes and Hypertension. J Gen Intern Med, Vol.25, N.6:504-509.
(1)Viswanathan, Ammerman, Eng, et al. Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 99, RTI-University of North Carolina, Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, July 2004.