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Community Based Participatory Research


CBPR lies at the heart of the work we do at the Reach Lab.

PIs Whitbeck and Dombrowski have long histories of collaborative, problem-based research and prevention development with Native American and Aboriginal communities in North America. In addition, our collaborators include groups not normally considered under CBPR. This includes homeless shelters, syringe exchange programs, and drug user collectives. Together, this wide range of interests gives us a unique perspective on how collaboration changes, improves, and redefines what we mean by research and analysis.

Recent Blog Posts for Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico

Ongoing results of studies concerning the United States War on Drugs uncover how policies have raised the incarceration rates of

While injection drug use poses a large risk for the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and HCV, people who

Substance use of all varieties has seen great demographic shifts throughout the United States in the past century. While attention

In Puerto Rico, the urgency of HIV infection is visible in shear numbers: the rate of diagnosis is the fourth

A group from the REACH Lab recently published a research paper in the 36th volume of the Puerto Rico Health Science

The REACH Lab's director of data analysis, Patrick Habecker, and principle investigator, Kirk Dombrowski, worked with other researchers to publish

Funded Projects:

CBPR processes are included in most of the projects we have done in the last two decades, including ongoing projects such as “Informal Networks in Two Labrador Communities” (National Science Foundation, Division of Arctic Social Sciences ARC-0908155), “Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico R01DA037117). More recently we have begun a series of community based collaborative projects in rural Nebraska as part of our Minority Health Disparities Initiative. These include projects like “HealthVisionVoice” (funded by the Rural Futures Institute). We also collaborate with researchers at other institutions doing CBPR including Stacy Rasmus and Jim Allen at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (R01AA023754) and Lisa Wexler at the University of Massachusetts (R34MH096884). More information about all of these projects individually can be found on our Projects page.