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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 Community Based Participatory Research

Since 2014, REACH researchers have been working on ground-breaking investigations into rural injection drug use in Puerto Rico. With the lab's community

Gladys Godinez, a participant in the Minority Health Disparities Initiative's  Health Voice Vision project, was recently interviewed by Chuck Schroeder, the Directer of

Last week, an article about my research, written by Joseph Brean, appeared in the Canadian newspaper The National Post. Considering

The REACH lab's Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) project has partnered with other community organizations on an exhibit at the Nebraska

Postdoc Elspeth Ready gave a talk to the Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture at the Max Planck Institute

It has been consistently found in Aboriginal communities that the continuation of cultural traditions of is vital to the maintenance, resilience,

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 “HealthVoiceVision” and “YouRHealth” (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/R01 MH112458). More information about all of these projects individually can be found on our Projects page.