Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, is an author on the article “Applying Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Principles to Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks.” The study was published in the journal SAGE OPEN.
[Photo: Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover]
Background: With real-world relevance and translatability as important goals, applied methodological approaches have arisen along the participatory continuum that value context and empower stakeholders to partner actively with academics throughout the research process. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) provides the gold standard for equitable, partnered research in traditional communities. Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) also have developed, coalescing communities of practice and of academics to identify, study, and answer practice-relevant questions.
Analysis: To optimize PBRN potential for expanding scientific knowledge, while bridging divides across knowledge production, dissemination, and implementation, the authors elucidate how PBRN partnerships can be strengthened by applying CBPR principles to build and maintain research collaboratives that empower practice partners.
Conclusions: Examining the applicability of CBPR partnership principles to public health (PH) PBRNs, the authors conclude that PH-PBRNs can serve as authentic, sustainable CBPR partnerships, ensuring the co-production of new knowledge, while also improving and expanding the implementation and impact of research findings in real-world settings.