Abstract

Background: In health research, investigators and funders are emphasizing the importance of collaboration between communities and academic institutions to achieve health equity. Although the principles underlying community–academic partnered research have been well-articulated, the processes by which partnerships integrate these principles when working across cultural differences are not as well described.

Objectives: We present how Project GRACE (Growing, Reaching, Advocating for Change and Empowerment) integrated participatory research principles with the process of building individual and partnership capacity.

Methods: We worked with Vigorous Interventions In Ongoing Natural Settings (VISIONS) Inc., a process consultant and training organization, to develop a capacity building model. We present the conceptual framework and multicultural process of change (MPOC) that was used to build individual and partnership capacity to address health disparities.

Conclusions: The process and capacity building model provides a common language, approach, and toolset to understand differences and the dynamics of inequity. These tools can be used by other partnerships in the conduct of research to achieve health equity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1557-055X
Print ISSN
1557-0541
Pages
pp. 261-273
Launched on MUSE
2015-09-21
Open Access
No
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