Rural Oregon community perspectives: introducing community-based participatory research into a community health coalition

Julia Young-Lorion, Melinda M Davis, Nancy Kirks, Anna Hsu, Jana Kay Slater, Nancy Rollins, Susan Aromaa, Paul McGinnis
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 2013, 7 (3): 313-22
The Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) model has supported community health development in more than 100 communities nationally. In 2011, four rural Oregon CHIPs collaborated with investigators from the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN), a component of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), to obtain training on research methods, develop and implement pilot research studies on childhood obesity, and explore matches with academic partners. This article summarizes the experiences of the Lincoln County CHIP, established in 2003, as it transitioned from CHIP to Community Health Improvement and Research Partnership (CHIRP). Our story and lessons learned may inform rural community-based health coalitions and academicians who are engaged in or considering Community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships. Utilizing existing infrastructure and relationships in community and academic settings provides an ideal starting point for rural, bidirectional research partnerships.

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