Training Partnership Dyads for Community-Based Participatory Research: Strategies and Lessons Learned From the Community Engaged Scholars Program

Jeannette O. Andrews, Melissa J. Cox, Susan D. Newman, Gwen Gillenwater, Gloria Warner, Joyce A. Winkler, Brandi White, Sharon Wolf, Renata Leite, Marvella E. Ford, Sabra Slaughter

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This article describes the development, implementation, evaluation framework, and initial outcomes of a unique campus-community training initiative for community-based participatory research (CBPR). The South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Center for Community Health Partnerships, which functions as the institution's Clinical Translational and Science Award Community Engagement Program, leads the training initiative known as the Community Engaged Scholars Program (CES-P). The CES-P provides simultaneous training to CBPR teams, with each team consisting of at least one community partner and one academic partner. Program elements include 12 months of monthly interactive group sessions, mentorship with apprenticeship opportunities, and funding for a CBPR pilot project. A modified RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance) framework guides the process, impact, and outcome evaluation plan. Lessons learned include challenges of group instruction with varying levels of readiness among the CBPR partners, navigating the institutional review board process with community co-investigators, and finding appropriate academic investigators to match community research interests. Future directions are recommended for this promising and unique dyadic training of academic and community partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-533
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2013

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Funding Information:
This research and development project was conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina and is made possible by a cooperative agreement that was awarded and administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702, under Contract Number: W81XWH-10-2-0057. This work was also supported by the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute, Medical University of South Carolina’s CTSA, NIH/NCRR Grant Number UL1RR029882 and NIH/NCATS UL1T R000062. The views, opinions and findings contained in this research are those of the Company/Laboratory/medical facility, etc., and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NIH, NCCR, or Department of Defense and should not be construed as an official DoD/Army policy unless so designated by other documentation.


  • college/community partnerships
  • community-based participatory research
  • health research
  • partnerships/coalitions
  • program planning and evaluation
  • training
  • university/college health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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