Challenges and facilitating factors in sustaining community-based participatory research partnerships: Lessons learned from the Detroit, New York City and Seattle Urban Research Centers

Barbara A. Israel, James Krieger, David Vlahov, Sandra Ciske, Mary Foley, Princess Fortin, J. Ricardo Guzman, Richard Lichtenstein, Robert McGranaghan, Ann Gel Palermo, Gary Tang

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Abstract

In order to address the social, physical and economic determinants of urban health, researchers, public health practitioners, and community members have turned to more comprehensive and participatory approaches to research and interventions. One such approach, community-based participatory research (CBPR) in public health, has received considerable attention over the past decade, and numerous publications have described theoretical underpinnings, values, principles and practice. Issues related to the long-term sustainability of partnerships and activities have received limited attention. The purpose of this article is to examine the experiences and lessons learned from three Urban Research Centers (URCs) in Detroit, New York City, and Seattle, which were initially established in 1995 with core support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The experience of these Centers after core funding ceased in 2003 provides a case study to identify the challenges and facilitating factors for sustaining partnerships. We examine three broad dimensions of CBPR partnerships that we consider important for sustainability: (1) sustaining relationships and commitments among the partners involved; (2) sustaining the knowledge, capacity and values generated from the partnership; and (3) sustaining funding, staff, programs, policy changes and the partnership itself. We discuss the challenges faced by the URCs in sustaining these dimensions and the strategies used to overcome these challenges. Based on these experiences, we offer recommendations for: strategies that partnerships may find useful in sustaining their CBPR efforts; ways in which a Center mechanism can be useful for promoting sustainability; and considerations for funders of CBPR to increase sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1022-1040
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume83
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Community partnerships
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Sustainability
  • Urban

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Challenges and facilitating factors in sustaining community-based participatory research partnerships : Lessons learned from the Detroit, New York City and Seattle Urban Research Centers. / Israel, Barbara A.; Krieger, James; Vlahov, David; Ciske, Sandra; Foley, Mary; Fortin, Princess; Guzman, J. Ricardo; Lichtenstein, Richard; McGranaghan, Robert; Palermo, Ann Gel; Tang, Gary.

In: Journal of Urban Health, Vol. 83, No. 6, 11.2006, p. 1022-1040.

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Israel, BA, Krieger, J, Vlahov, D, Ciske, S, Foley, M, Fortin, P, Guzman, JR, Lichtenstein, R, McGranaghan, R, Palermo, AG & Tang, G 2006, 'Challenges and facilitating factors in sustaining community-based participatory research partnerships: Lessons learned from the Detroit, New York City and Seattle Urban Research Centers', Journal of Urban Health, vol. 83, no. 6, pp. 1022-1040. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-006-9110-1
Israel, Barbara A. ; Krieger, James ; Vlahov, David ; Ciske, Sandra ; Foley, Mary ; Fortin, Princess ; Guzman, J. Ricardo ; Lichtenstein, Richard ; McGranaghan, Robert ; Palermo, Ann Gel ; Tang, Gary. / Challenges and facilitating factors in sustaining community-based participatory research partnerships : Lessons learned from the Detroit, New York City and Seattle Urban Research Centers. In: Journal of Urban Health. 2006 ; Vol. 83, No. 6. pp. 1022-1040.
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