Refining the research infrastructure at community health centers

Mary Frances Oneha, Joan E. Dodgson

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Background: Community health centers (CHC) often partner with academics to conduct community-based participatory research (CBPR). Because of their research expertise, academic partners are usually the principal investigators (PIs); however, moving the home base of research to the community can prove beneficial to the CHC and its community. Objectives: The purpose of this paper was to discuss the lessons learned after conducting a CBPR project and to share identified solutions. Methods: A longitudinal perinatal risk reduction intervention study was conducted with primiparous Native Hawaiian women receiving prenatal care at a CHC. The intervention incorporated home visiting, social support, and lactation management. Results: Primary lessons learned from this participatory process can be grouped into infrastructure, human resources, and recruitment. Conclusions: Sharing lessons learned can serve to expand a CHC's involvement in research, and provide a venue for discovering innovative and viable community and practice based approaches to solving health disparity challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health services
  • Indigenous
  • Pacific states
  • Power sharing
  • Process issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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