The CBPR research paradigm discussed in this chapter and throughout this book represents a fundamental shift in academic researcher’s views of community residents from subjects who may benefit from medical advances to essential partners who can add value and efficacy to research processes and products.18 Academic researchers and community members who are engaged in CBPR seek to democratize the production of knowledge in ways that transform research from a top-down process driven by scientific experts into one of colearning and coproduction.26 The benefits of CBPR for community partners include learning new skills and becoming members of engaged communities that are taking charge of their own health.26 A key principle of CBPR is increasing the capacity of community members in research and program implementation.7,10 By increasing community and researcher capacities, all partners gain an enhanced understanding of effective community mobilization and how to incite change among individuals within their unique community setting.

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