Community Based Participatory Research with Medically Underserved Populations: Lessons Learned
This symposium addresses the use of CBPR for cancer education, prevention and/or improved health outcomes with three traditionally underserved communities, i.e. African American women, Hispanic/Latina women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identified women. Researchers from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee discuss their utilization of the CBPR approach to develop and test the effectiveness of providing a breast cancer educational program to underserved African American women in Memphis, TN, and surrounding areas. Researchers from Catholic University of America discuss their CBPR approach of evaluating the impact of the Nueva Vida service model through examining the self-efficacy, psychological distress, and quality of life of Latinas in the Washington, DC area (i.e., MA, VA, and DC). Lastly, a researcher now at the Virginia Commonwealth University discusses the utilization of the CBPR approach to increase breast and cervical cancer education, participation in preventive screenings (i.e. mammograms and pap tests), and follow-up care among under- and uninsured lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identified women in Houston, TX.
These researchers will present the process and outcomes of the CBPR approach along with lessons learned, including the development and maintenance of a collaborative relationship; challenges and opportunities; obtaining funding; the utilization of social work and academic skills; and best practices for establishing CBPR with other sites and communities.