CBPR Institute 2013

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Community Defined Evidence for Reducing Mental Health Disparities



Health disparities that lead to uneven access to and quality of care and high costs will persist without a community-engaged research (CEnR) agenda that seeks and finds answers and are relevant to community agencies, community partners, and academic partnerships.  Finding ways to work together and integrate knowledge from academic, agency and community partnerships engaged in CBPR brings challenges and opportunities. This workshop will describe the culturally responsive strategies utilized in the ongoing development of a community-academic partnership between UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Bienvenido Community Solutions, LLC. Particular attention will be given to the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Latino focus, a statewide ongoing project, as a concrete example to demonstrate how an academic institution is partnering with community organizations for evaluation work. The Bienvenido Program, a mental health promotion program for Latinos, will be highlighted as one of several Community Defined Evidence Programs identified in the CRDP Latino Population Report. Emphasis will be given to understanding the importance of accountability in evaluation design and describe the challenges of collaborative work between community and academia such as: Who benefits? Who defines the metrics used and outcomes? How do partners hold each other accountable when wrong turns are taken? What is the role of academia and community partners once the evaluation work is completed? The workshop will be interactive and participants will be encouraged to engage in conversation with each other and with the presenters on barriers encountered in developing collaborative evaluation work and some strategies they have used to overcome those barriers and have been effective in their setting.



Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola

University of California, Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Gilberto Pérez Jr

Bienvenido Community Solutions, LLC



Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola is Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the UC Davis Health System, the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC), the co-Director of the UC Davis Latino Aging Research and Resource Center (LARRC), and co-chair of the NIH’s Community Engagement Key Function Committee for the NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). In 2007, he completed a four-year term as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He is currently a Steering Committee and Research Scientist member of the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN), a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks, a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Carlos Slim Health Institute, a member of the Board of the Latino Physicians of California, First Vice President of NAMI California, and a member of the California Medical Board’s Cultural and Linguistic Competency Program Workgroup.  He has held several World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) advisory board and consulting positions and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health Surveys Consortium (WMHSC) and its Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean.  Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola’s applied research program has focused on community-engaged approaches to identify unmet mental health needs and associated risk and protective factors to better understand and meet population mental health needs and reduce mental health disparities primarily in underserved, underresourced populations.


Gilberto Perez Jr., is President/CEO of Bienvenido Community Solutions, LLC. He is the founder and author of the Bienvenido Program, a mental health promotion program for Latino immigrants. His social work experiences include hospice and community mental health. Perez has worked the last eight years to train organizations for implementation of the Bienvenido Program in twelve states. Perez is also an Associate Professor of Social Work at Goshen College.


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