CBPR Institute 2013

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Mindfulness Practice to Health, Healthy Behaviors, and Fitness for Lesbian and Bisexual Women



Lyon-Martin Health Services initiated a relationship with a researcher from RTI International to reply to a funding opportunity issued by US Department of Health and Human Services to develop and pilot test an intervention that promotes healthy weight in lesbian and bisexual women. This Case Study will discuss the process the team has undertaken to create and build its partnership, how the partnership has developed trust and power sharing, and how it hopes to maintain its partnership through the project implementation and evaluation.


Alexandra Minnis, PhD, MPH

RTI International & University of California, Berkeley


Marj Plum, DrPH

Lyon-Martin Health Services



Dr. Alexandra Minnis is a senior research epidemiologist with the Women’s Global Health Imperative, a program of RTI International, and an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She has over 15 years experience conducting research on the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy, both in the United States and internationally. Since 2001, Dr. Minnis has built a research program in San Francisco’s Mission District with a focus on examining structural factors that lead to reproductive health disparities among ethnic minority and marginalized youth. This work addresses factors that influence adolescents’ pregnancy intentions and focuses on how migration and community violence affect reproductive health among Latino youth in Mexico and California. Currently she is evaluating a combined conditional cash transfer and life skills intervention (“Yo Puedo”/I Can) delivered to social networks of close friends that promotes educational attainment and reproductive health wellness as a strategy to improve sexual health. She has conducted considerable methodological research on the measurement of sensitive behaviors in the context of HIV prevention and sexual health research. Her research approach integrates quantitative and qualitative methods and uses community-based participatory action research principles in design and implementation.


Marj Plumb has been a non-profit consultant and trainer for the past fifteen years specializing in public policy, community-based participatory research, and organizational and leadership development. Prior to starting her consulting practice she served for over twenty-five years in senior management positions with a variety of non-profit organizations working on health, economic development, environmental justice, violence prevention, and social justice/civil rights. Marj is currently Director of the Women’s Policy Institute (a policy training program of the Women’s Foundation of California) and Reach the Decision Makers (a policy training program of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment). Marj also provides training in community-based participatory research through the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) and the Child Health and Development Studies. She works as a large-group, multi-stakeholder facilitator for CBCRP’s Special Research Initiatives planning innovative research on the environmental causes of breast cancer and the causes of breast cancer disparities. Marj is Co-Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is also a professional coach working with executive directors of nonprofit organizations. She received her coaching training from the Coaches Training Institute and the Co-Active Leadership Program and advanced coaching training on relationships and organizational development from The Center for Right Relationship. She has also been awarded the Professional Coach Certificate from the International Coach Federation. Marj is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Step I and Step II) and through California State University/East Bay received her certification in Online Teaching and Learning (OTL). She has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco and a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. Marj lives in Berkeley with her wife, Tracy Weitz, and their two yellow labs, Beaumont and Buddy.



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