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A collaborative approach which allows community members to actively participate in the research spectrum (conception – design- conduct- analysis – interpretation- conclusions – communication of results) with the goal of influencing change in health, systems, programs and/or policies. Community members and researchers partner together to develop new approaches to increase community participation in the research process.

CBPR is an effective tool for action-oriented and community-driven health research.  An alternative research paradigm which integrates education and social action to improve health and deep scientific knowledge in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and health disparities.

The NIH recognizes some of the advantages of community-based participatory research including:

  • Joining partners with diverse expertise to address complex public health problems

  • Improving intervention design and implementation by facilitating participant recruitment and retention

  • Increasing the quality and validity of research

  • Enhancing the relevance and use of data

  • Increasing trust and bridging cultural gaps between partners

  • Providing resources for the communities involved

  • Benefiting the community and researchers alike through the knowledge gained and actions taken

  • The potential to translate research findings to guide the development of further interventions and policy change

In exploring the factors responsible for the differential health outcomes of African American males, CHAAMPS promotes an integrative approach that accounts for multiple pathways to poor health outcomes, including environmental factors as well as psychosocial and biological factors. CHAAMPS thus encourages transdisciplinary collaboration between academic experts and community stakeholders to study the pathways to disparities in African American men’s health.

CHAAMPS seeks to fund community-based research projects that investigate the biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors driving and sustaining health disparities in African American men’s health across the life course. Proposed research should consider pathways to unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, head injuries in athletes, and chronic diseases; and the mechanisms connecting such pathways to health disparities throughout the life course of African American men.

Examples of proposed research include:

  1. Studies of the relationship between psychosocial and biological factors and African American men’s health during critical periods in their life course, such as youth/adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and older adulthood.
  2. Implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions to improve individual and/or socio-environmental outcomes in unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, head injuries in athletes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hepatitis C, and cancer, especially prostate cancer.