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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 178-182

Critical reflections from a community-based participatory research course

Department of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Correspondence Address:
Allyson Kelley
CHES Department of Public Health Education, School of Health and Human Sciences University of North Carolina at Greensboro, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.125996

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Introduction: Training for new and existing researchers in community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches requires flexibility and a departure from traditional research methods courses. The literature has not fully reported how universities teach CBPR or the impact of CBPR courses on students and researchers. Method: In this paper, I use a reflective, inquiry-based methodology to find meaning from my experience in a doctoral level CBPR course offered by a southeastern university. Results: Five recommendations, complementary to guiding CBPR principles emerge. These include: Know the inherent challenges, find meaning and purpose, seek to understand complexities, recognize the implications, and use CBPR as a means to redress power. Discussion: The reflection process and recommendations may be useful for institutions, funding agencies, policy makers, and community-engaged researchers.

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