A community-academic partnership
committed to fostering health 
equity in Detroit since 2000

Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

community_muralThe Healthy Environments Partnership uses a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach that emphasizes:

  • Enhancing understanding of locally defined health issues and the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions designed to address those issues in ways that will benefit the community.
  • Enhancing the capacity of the community to address health concerns.
  • Engaging representatives from community based organizations, public health agencies, health care organizations, and other local representatives in all aspects of the research process, including:
    • defining the research problem
    • developing the research plan and data collection methods
    • interpreting the findings
    • disseminating the results
    • developing, implementing and evaluating interventions to address the problem.
  • Strengthening collaboration among community-based organizations, public health agencies, health care organizations and academic institutions.
  • Producing, interpreting and disseminating findings to community members in clear language respectful to the community and in ways which will be useful for developing plans that will benefit the community.
  • Conducting research according to the norms of partnership.
  • Recognition of the knowledge, expertise, and resource capacities of the participants in the process.
  • Open communication.
  • Jointly determining and following agreed upon policies regarding ownership of the data and dissemination of findings.

Our research adheres to the human subjects review process standards and procedures as set forth by the sponsoring organization; for example, for the University of Michigan these procedures are found in the Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, entitled "Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research" (the Belmont Report).

*The Community-Based Public Health Research Principles were originally developed by the Detroit-Genesee County Community-Based Public Health Initiative and published in an article entitled "Development and Implementation of Principles for Community-Based Research in Public Health, Journal of Community Practice, Schulz, AJ, Israel, BA, Selig, S, and Bayer, I. 1997.

The Healthy Environments Partnership modified and adopted the Principles in 2001.


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