"I know what CBPR is, now what do I do?" Community perspectives on CBPR capacity building

Maryann Mason, Benjamin Rucker, Monique Reed, Darby J Morhardt, William Healy, Gina Curry, Jen Kauper-Brown, Chirstine Dunford

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Background: Community-based participatory research (CBPR) offers a promising approach for combating health disparities. CBPR capacity must be developed among academics and communities. Most published CBPR capacity development work focuses on general guidance or individual partnership development. Objectives: Herein we have reported community perspectives on community capacity-building efforts involving multiple community partners, including capacity-building outcomes and identification of facilitators and challenges. Methods: We have presented a case study using qualitative and quantitative data from community-based organization (CBO) members of a committee guiding a university-based CBPR initiative. A survey measuring 11 CBPR capacity domains was fielded at two points. Three rounds of interviews were conducted. Results: Community CBPR capacity increased over time, although there remains room for improvement. Leader commitment, CBPR resources, and hands-on CBPR experiences were identified as key facilitators. Resource limitations, difficulty integrating CBPR into organizational operations, lack of specific information, and institutional inequities were identified as challenges. Recommendations offered include continued and expanded support for sharing/co-learning with academic partners and capacity-building activities and services. Conclusions: Results will inform future efforts and contribute to the understanding of capacity-building outcomes for initiatives supporting multiple CBPR partnerships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-241
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 26 2013


  • Community health partnerships
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health disparities
  • Midwestern United States
  • Process issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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