Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and related methodologies, such as Participatory Action Research, have received growing attention in fields like public health. health education, community development, urban planning, education, social work, nursing, sociology, anthropology, and others over the past several decades. It has roots in popular education in developing nations of Latin America, Asia and Africa, and in other traditions of action and participatory action research. Defined by the Kellogg Foundation, CBPR is a “collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change to improve community health and eliminate health disparities.” It is not a set of methods but an overall orientation to research which fundamentally changes the relationship between researchers and researched.
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This lecture from Professor Nina Wallerstein was given on June 1 (2011) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The lecture was part of a week long institute hosted by the University of New Mexico – Center for Participatory Research for the annual Community Based Participatory Research Institute. This lecture series is freely available to the public for educational purposes. The University of New Mexico Center for Participatory Research (UNMCPR) grants viewers the right to share and distribute this lecture series as desired. UNMCPR would like to thank Vimeo.com for providing a place for educational resources.