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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(1), 35; doi:10.3390/ijerph13010035

Bringing Community and Academic Scholars Together to Facilitate and Conduct Authentic Community Based Participatory Research: Project UNITED

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Institute for Rural Health Research, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
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Department of Community and Rural Medicine, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
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Department of Family Medicine, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
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Evaluation and Assessment Unit, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
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Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
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Institute for Communication and Information Research, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
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Black Belt Community Foundation, Selma, AL 36701, USA
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Academic Editors: Mark Edberg, Barbara E. Hayes, Valerie Montgomery Rice and Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 15 August 2015 / Revised: 14 September 2015 / Accepted: 14 September 2015 / Published: 22 December 2015
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Cultural competency, trust, and research literacy can affect the planning and implementation of sustainable community-based participatory research (CBPR). The purpose of this manuscript is to highlight: (1) the development of a CBPR pilot grant request for application; and (2) a comprehensive program supporting CBPR obesity-related grant proposals facilitated by activities designed to promote scholarly collaborations between academic researchers and the community. After a competitive application process, academic researchers and non-academic community leaders were selected to participate in activities where the final culminating project was the submission of a collaborative obesity-related CBPR grant application. Teams were comprised of a mix of academic researchers and non-academic community leaders, and each team submitted an application addressing obesity-disparities among rural predominantly African American communities in the US Deep South. Among four collaborative teams, three (75%) successfully submitted a grant application to fund an intervention addressing rural and minority obesity disparities. Among the three submitted grant applications, one was successfully funded by an internal CBPR grant, and another was funded by an institutional seed funding grant. Preliminary findings suggest that the collaborative activities were successful in developing productive scholarly relationships between researchers and community leaders. Future research will seek to understand the full-context of our findings. View Full-Text
Keywords: community based; participatory; collaboration; cultural competency; grantsmanship; research literacy; rural; obesity community based; participatory; collaboration; cultural competency; grantsmanship; research literacy; rural; obesity
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Lewis, D.; Yerby, L.; Tucker, M.; Foster, P.P.; Hamilton, K.C.; Fifolt, M.M.; Hites, L.; Shreves, M.K.; Page, S.B.; Bissell, K.L.; Lucky, F.L.; Higginbotham, J.C. Bringing Community and Academic Scholars Together to Facilitate and Conduct Authentic Community Based Participatory Research: Project UNITED. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 35.

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