CTSA Training Programs in Community-Based Participatory Research

In addition to the training offered to community-based organization staff in Atlanta and southwest Georgia on community assessment, program planning, evaluation, and grant writing as part of the ACTSI model for building collaborative research capacity,28 several additional training programs have been offered in the United States to enhance community-academic research. For example, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio holds a 6-week leadership development training program designed to enhance academic-community research, integrate the interests of community leaders and academic health center researchers, and build research capacity and competencies within the community.29 The curriculum was based on literature reviews, input from the Community Partner Council, and recommendations from academic health center members and those experienced with CBPR.29 Participants attend nine, 3-hour interactive sessions designed to build skills and confidence and address challenges. Each session consists of didactic instruction, exercises, group discussion, skills development, and networking. An evaluation of outcome data for the first 2 years of the training program indicated that the Community Leaders Institute is achieving its goals of engaging faculty as trainer- scholars and promoting academic-community partnerships that are consistent with community and academic health center priorities.29 Community Leaders Institute graduates are serving on academic health center committees (e.g., steering, research ethics).29

The South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute holds the Community Engaged Scholars Program.30 The program offers simultaneous training to CBPR teams, with each team consisting of at least one community partner and one academic partner.30 The program includes 12 interactive group sessions, mentorship, and apprenticeship opportunities over 12 months.30 After completing the Community Engaged Scholars Program, participants are expected to meet the competencies shown in Box 16.3. Among the challenges encountered are group instructions with varying levels of readiness among the CBPR partners, navigating the institutional review board process with community coinvestigators, and

Box 16.3 Expected Competencies of Participants in the Community Engaged Scholars Program, South Carolina Clinical and Translational

 
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