An Educational Program for Researchers Working in Grassroots Communities

A Joint Project of RMATRIX & The Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities (CNPHDR)*


Welcome and Aloha to the “Community 101 for Researchers” Program.  We are pleased to share this inaugural educational program that brings our mana’o (thoughts) to YOU … about how to work WITH many of the diverse communities that live in Hawai’i … in a good way!look

The 5 modules of the program provide an introductory learning opportunity for RESEARCHERS to Dr. Neal Palafoxunderstand our communities, especially Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders populations.  The modules are concise and offer practical information for researchers to use when pursuing or considering the idea of conducting biomedical and behavioral research that involves grassroots communities or the lay public.

However, this program is not intended to be an exhaustive review of the field of community-based participatory research (CBPR), nor community partnerships or health disparities research.  References and suggested reading are provided at the end of each module to offer options for self-directed learning.

Rather, our intent is that after completing all 5 modules and the certification questions at the end of the Program, the researcher Dr. Deborah T. Juarezwill have a deeper understanding of:

  • The historical context of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander populations in Hawai’i and how this history has impacted the health and wellness of its people.
  • How research mistakes in the past, both nationally and locally, have shaped our current thinking of research ethics and policies.Dr. Jane Chung-Do
  • How your “biases” and background as a researcher may impact the way in which you approach and work with grassroots communities.
  • What are the priorities and preferences of community organizations on the process of engaging with researchers to form effective collaborations?
  • What is CBPR and how can it be implemented with communities in a meaningful way to engage them in research aimed at eliminating health inequities.
  • Successful models for engaging grass roots communities in the research enterprise by examining real-life examples of NIH-funded research projects in Hawai‘i.Dr. Marjorie L. M. Mau

We hope that you find the Community 101 for Researchers Program worth your time and effort.  We hope that it will stimulate your interest to raise your “community IQ” in the rapidly evolving field of community engaged research – that is, meaningful relationships between grass roots communities and researchers that build TRUST and enable communities to take ownership of their own HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

Help us to improve our work by providing us with helpful suggestions and comments about the “Community 101 for Researchers” Program.  We’ve provided a feedback form so you can send us your thoughts.

On behalf of the “Community 101 for Researchers” Team: “Mahalo piha kakou!”

Dr. Marjorie L. M. Mau, Mele Look, Dr. Deborah T. Juarez, Dr. Jane Chung-Do, and Dr. Neal Palafox.

Special mahalo to Mona Cardejon and Kamahanahokulani Farrar.

* RMATRIX U54 MD 026136; CNPHDR P20 MD 000173

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