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University of Chicago helps guide community-based research at Summer Institute

July 9 , 2007

What: The National Institutes of Health Summer Institute. The institute addresses essential conceptual, methodological, and practical issues inherent in planning and conducting Community-Based Participatory Research in Health to improve health and reduce disparities.

Who: The Institute Chair is Sarah Gehlert, Professor and Deputy Dean for Research, School of Social Service Administration, the University of Chicago, President-Elect, the Society for Social Work and Research. Other participating leaders from the University of Chicago are Suzanne Fournier, Assistant Dean, SSA; Jeanne Marsh, Dean of SSA; Christopher Masi, Assistant Professor Department of Medicine; Eunice R. Santos, Senior Research Project Professional Genetic Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Hank Webber, Vice President for Community and Government Affairs.

Where: University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive

When: July 8 through July 13

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach to research that begins with a research topic of importance to the community and combines community and academic knowledge toward a goal of promoting social change to improve community health and reduce disparities. Neither a research method itself nor a theory, CBPR instead is an orientation to research that (at its best) represents a balance between research and community empowerment. As such, it is highly congruent with social work values.

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