CBPR Institute 2013

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Tuesday Session


Collaborative Study, Intervention Design and Evaluation

Tuesday, June 25th

Keynote Speakers

Keynote biographies and videos:

Nina Wallerstein, Dr.P.H., professor and founding director of the Master of Public Health Program, School of Medicine, has been developing participatory research methodologies and empowerment intervention research for over thirty years, with her latest co-edited volume covering these fields, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in Health (with Meredith Minkler); as well as author of Problem-Posing at Work: A Popular Educator’s Guide, in addition to over 120 articles and chapters She has worked both in North American and Latin American research, in healthy city initiatives, in Freririan popular education, in adolescent and women’s health intervention research, and in community health development. Since 1999, she has been funded by CDC and NIH grants to work in collaboration with tribal communities, developing understandings and assessment tools for tribal community capacity, tribal public health infrastructure, and measures of social capital; and has collaboratively co-developed and adapted a child/parent/elder culturally-centered intervention to reduce risky substance abuse behaviors in several Southwestern tribes. She has been funded for the past seven years to co-lead a national effort to refine scientific models and measurement guidelines to assess participation and partnership inputs into the creation of effective CBPR. Her overall research interests focus on community capacity development in tribal communities, culturally centered translational intervention research, participatory evaluation, and community based participatory research processes and outcomes to further enhance the science of CBPR.


Miho Althea Kim joined DataCenter in 2003 as Environmental Justice information activist, and since 2009, serves as executive director. Miho’s vision, rooted in her personal experience as a displaced and stateless Korean ethnic minority (Zainichi) in apartheid Japan, has led the development of “Research Justice” as DataCenter’s social change agenda, wherein silenced community voices will be heard and shape policies and institutions. Under Miho’s leadership, DataCenter has effectively integrated its 35-year old legacy of continually serving the ‘Right to Know’ in the social justice movement with the community’s ‘Right to be Heard’ capacity-building partnerships, grounded in theories of popular education and grassroots epistemology that cultivates powerful, strategic and effective Knowledge Workers for the social justice movement. Miho is also a recognized “NextGen” non-profit leader for DataCenter’s Shared Leadership Model, organizational structure that incorporates the principles of democratic knowledge production and increases mission impact by thriving on staff’s intellectual knowledge as well as cultural, traditional knowledge and lived experiences. In 2008, Miho was recognized for her trans-Pacific alliance building work with the Women’s Human Rights Award in Japan, where she remains active as interpreter for the marginalized community voices, lecturer, and writer. Currently, Miho is a Fellow with NYUWagnerSchool’s Women of Color Policy Network, and LeaderSpring based in the Bay Area. Miho studied Political Science and International Relations at EmoryUniversity, University of Georgia and YonseiUniversity (Seoul) and studies daily the most important things about empowering community voices by listening to her ancestors.


Case Studies

*click on the case study title for the project description, biographies, and presentation material

Designing and Testing Strategies to Prevent Diabetes among Urban American Indians

Healthy Living: Chinese Lay Health Worker Outreach Project

Community Defined Evidence for Reducing Mental Health Disparities

Advancing a Worker Health and Safety Agenda for Nail Salons


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