Research Seminar | Shifting to Virtual Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in COVID Times

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants
COVID-19 has upended community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects across the United States and globally. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted historically disenfranchised communities and communities of color, the very communities that CBPR is meant to engage, elevate, and support. In-person activities that help develop rapport and research protocols, build capacity, conduct collaborative data collection and analysis, disseminate findings to the community, and engage in sustainability planning have been an impossible practice over the course of the pandemic.
The purpose of this presentation is to describe the challenges and facilitators of shifting to a virtual/online CBPR protocol with a Massachusetts community disproportionately affected by COVID-19, as a means to keep community members engaged in the research process and to elevate their experiences, perspectives, and voices during this critical time. It will include insights about how to facilitate recruitment and compensate community members, form a community advisory board (CAB), hold CAB meetings, and transition participatory qualitative data collection, analysis, and dissemination to a virtual/online framework.
This ISSR Research Seminar aims to support Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Participatory Action Research (PAR) scholars who face unique challenges as they navigate research during the COVID19 pandemic.  It is one in a series of ISSR-sponsored exchanges on social research in times of crisis, and will feature lessons from two experienced CBPR/PAR scholars: Elizabeth Salerno Valdez, Postdoctoral Pathways Fellow, and Professor Aline Gubrium, both of the Department of Community Health Education at UMass Amherst. The speakers will share recently published lessons from their rapid pivot of a major CBPAR study with a community disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
This event is intended free and open to the public. Registration required.