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CBPR Resources at UM

Posted on: July 23rd, 2020 by

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a central part to what UM CREW is doing at the University of Mississippi (UM).  CBPR is a collaborative research process that meaningfully integrates community members with the goal of igniting social change.  A big component of CBPR is the community partnership and the focus on building equal relationships between researchers and community members.  By involving community members in the development of research that will take place in their own community, CBPR empowers communities to make a difference and address issues within the community that are particularly important to them.

Despite the numerous benefits of CBPR, there are several barriers to engaging in CBPR at universities.  Researchers frequently say that they lack the time or university support to do CBPR and develop the community relationships that lead to meaningful community participation.  Additionally, community leaders say that a lack of trust as well as racism and classism are barriers to CBPR.  Both researchers and community leaders agree:  money and trust are the greatest factors leading to success for CBPR.  Assessing the barriers and positive factors for successful engagement in CBPR at UM are central to our goal at UM CREW.

At UM CREW, we are currently working to assess the CBPR resources that already exist at UM and what resources are still needed.  We will be administering a survey to faculty and research staff that will begin to collect some of this data just before the fall semester. Using this information, we want to create new resources, as well as direct researchers to valuable resources that already exist.  By doing this, we can help promote CBPR at the University and empower researchers and communities to make a difference in Mississippi communities.  I am excited to continue my work with CBPR with UM CREW and help improve CBPR resources at UM and engage Mississippi communities.

Resource Guidance to Elevate UM CBPR Efforts

Posted on: July 23rd, 2020 by

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach to research that integrates both the community, where the research is being conducted to empower and improve community well-being, and University members and resources. While there are no specific set principles for every CBPR partnership, these nine principles of CBPR have been developed based on extensive review of literature. The nine listed principles include: “(1)CBPR recognizes community as a unit of identify; (2)builds on strengths and resources within the community; (3)facilitates a collaborative, equitable partnership in all phases of the research, (4)involving an empowering and power-sharing process that attends to social inequalities; (5)fosters co-learning and capacity building among all partners; (6)integrates and achieves a balance between knowledge generation and intervention for mutual benefit of all partners; (7)focuses on the local relevance of public health problems and ecologic perspectives that recognize and attend to the multiple determinants of health; (8)involves systems development using a cyclical and iterative process; disseminates results to all partners and involves them in the dissemination process; and (9)involves a long-term process and commitment to sustainability.” (1)

While there are many disparate efforts currently going within the University of Mississippi (UM) and many faculty/staff committed to CBPR work within the state of Mississippi, we have developed a streamlined and comprehensive list of currently accessible resources to help guide new and seasoned communities and researchers through the process. Some of the resources that have been beneficial in other community-university CBPR efforts include sample template forms, webinars, curriculums, podcasts, and publications. First, we provide links that will direct users to UM resources, such as the University/Community Service Directory and other UM departments that engage in community-university relations. Second, we have research and integrate reviewed publications and websites to foster CBPR principles. These resources outline ways to approach these partnerships, how to develop and sustain relationship-building, in addition to achieving your research mission. We hope that these resources will be streamlined to guide and encourage University CBPR efforts to support the communities in our state. Third, and finally, these resource pages will be updated regularly, so please check back often.

To begin further tailoring this list of resources we will also be disseminating a ‘CBPR Needs-Based Assessment’ to UM faculty and staff in late August (so please be on the lookout for that ). This will allow UM CREW to gauge how we can best serve and improve University CBPR efforts, while aligning with the core principles of CBPR. 


  1. Israel BA, Schulz AJ, Parker EA, Becker AB, Allen A, Guzman JR. 2003. Critical issues in developing and following community-based participatory research principles. In: Community-Based Participatory Research for Health (Minkler M, Wallerstein N, eds). San Francisco, CA:Jossey-Bass, 56–73.