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Title:Completing an Application for NIH R21 InnovativeMeasurement Tools for Community Engaged Research Efforts
Authors:Jinan Banna, PhD, RD, CDN, Andrea Bersamin, PhD
Institutional Affiliations: University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Objective.To prepare a proposal for the NIH-NINR PAR R21 Innovative Measurement Tools for Community Engaged Research Efforts in a collaborativeeffort betweena new investigator at theUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa and an established investigator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who will serve as a mentor.
Setting.Honolulu, Hawaii andFairbanks, Alaska.
Methods.The mentee will travel to the mentorâ€™s institution to engage in activities leading to development of the grant proposal, with the goals of the visit as follows: 1) To familiarize the mentee with current community-based participatory research (CBPR) efforts in the indigenous communities in Alaska; and 2) To compose a literature review focused on CBPR in indigenous populations and the measurement of these efforts. To fulfill these goals, the following activities are planned: 1) Meet with the director of the community engagement core at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research; 2) Conduct the literature search using MEDLINE, psycINFO, and Google Scholar to determine the extent of CBPR in indigenous communities and the degree to which the success of relationships has been measured; 3) Hold meetings of mentor and mentee on a weekly basis to review progress on the literature review.
Expected Outcomes.The product resulting from the menteeâ€™s visit will be a literature review inthe form of a publishable manuscript. This review will serve as the basis for preparation of the grant application focused on development of a tool to measure CBPR efforts, which will be submitted in spring 2016.
Implications.The manuscript resulting from the activities during the menteeâ€™s visit will make a significant contribution to the field in characterizing any previous efforts to measure the success of community partnerships and informing the development of the grant proposal. Given the lack of existing tools to measure the readiness of partners for CBPR and the success of partnerships, instrument development represents a valuable area on which to focus in further enhancing the CBPR model.