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NCMHD Community Based Participatory Research Initiative

The NCMHD Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative was developed in consultation with various scientific researchers and community leaders throughout the nation. CBPR is designed to promote collaborative research between scientific researchers and members of their community through the joint design and implementation of intervention research projects targeting health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities or other underserved populations.

The ultimate goal is to foster sustainable efforts at the community level that will accelerate the translation of research advances to health disparity populations and eliminate health disparities. The CBPR Initiative supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of intervention research that utilizes community based participatory research protocols. This is a long term commitment by the NCMHD with potential continuous funding for up to eleven years in individual CBPR projects.

The CBPR Initiative is being implemented in three phases: 3-year planning phase, 5-year intervention research phase, and 3-year research dissemination phase.

  • Phase I is focused on research planning. It allows grantees to devote their efforts on partnership development, community needs assessment, identifying the disease/condition for intervention research and planning the intervention methodology, and conducting pilot intervention research studies.
  • During Phase II, five-year intervention research grants will be awarded competitively.
  • In Phase III, three-year dissemination research grants will be provided to the entities from Phase II who have demonstrated effective interventions in an effort to improve the health status of underserved populations and eliminate health disparities.

Key disease research areas selected for intervention by the CBPR Initiative participants include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, child health improvement, HIV/AIDS, obesity prevention and diabetes.

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