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Framing the Local Context Through Community-Based Participatory Research


Both national and state DMII and CVD patterns have been validated, confirmed, and further delineated among Metropolitan Atlanta residents by the Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (MSM PRC) and its Community Coalition Board (CCB). The MSM PRC is part of a network of 26 academic research centers funded by the CDC to achieve local and national health objectives focused on gaining knowledge of the best methodologies for solving the nation’s health problems. Guided by the theme Risk Reduction and Early Detection in African American and Other Minority Communities: Coalition for Prevention Research, the center conducts research; implements and evaluates demonstration projects;

trains health professionals and community residents: and disseminates research findings.


The MSM PRC is grounded in CBPR, through which it conducts research in partnership with and not on the community. The CBPR approach emphasizes community-academic partnership and shared leadership in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of interventions.55-57 The involvement of the community in all stages of the research ensures that the research outcomes are relevant to, owned, and sustained by the community. The CBPR approach also emphasizes public health problems of local relevance and multilevel perspectives that recognize and attend to the social determinants of health and disease.

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