CBPR Skill Development

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Five-Part Online Course

This free online course from the Detroit Urban Research Center is a top-to-bottom introduction to community-based participatory research.

It is designed for members of community-based organizations; academic researchers from multiple fields, including public health, education, nursing, medicine, social work, urban planning; and health and human service practitioners. If your job requires continuing education credits, this course offers CE credits at a nominal cost.

The course covers:

  • Part 1: What is CBPR? 
  • Part 2: Forming, Sustaining, and Evaluating CBPR Partnerships
  • Part 3: Planning & Conducting CBPR
  • Part 4: Dissemination & Translation
  • Part 5: Challenges, Benefits, & Lessons Learned 

Community Partner IRB Training

This is an essential (and free) training for community partners. 

As an equal partner in research, the community partner should have equal say in the conduct of research and, therefore, should be included on the research study protocol that is submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews protocols at the institution conducting the research to ensure that participants in research studies are treated ethically. To be included on the protocol, you must be trained in human subjects research to ensure you are aware of laws and ethics that govern research practices.

Completing this training allows community partners to be listed on research protocols at the University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Thomas Jefferson University.

It is much quicker and more relevant to community partners than the alternative certification program that academics are required to complete.

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