Learning Design: Health Studies and Participatory Research
Wednesday, 2/13, 11:00am-1:00pm
North Creek Events Center
Registration Recommended, Seating Limited
Community-Based Research and Program Development: A Brief History and Overview
Presenter: Christopher H. Wade, Phd, MPH, Assistant Professor
Designing actionable environmental health research: Lessons from Louisiana's "Cancer Alley"
Presenter: Gwen Ottinger, PhD, Assistant Professor
In the neighborhoods next to petrochemical facilities, community members and their allies use a variety of strategies for collecting data and making claims related to toxic emissions' effects on health. This talk examines to what extent findings resulting from different strategies are taken up and used by community members and, drawing on these findings, identifies features of research design likely to make environmental health studies most useful to communities. Noting that the kind of features that promote community uptake may be quite different from the sorts of features that distinguish rigorous health science, the talk imagines how online data interpretation tools could be designed to serve both purposes.
The Practice of Inclusion in Community Health Interventions
Presenter: Mabel Ezeonwu, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor
When it comes to building community partnerships and conducting health interventions, the most relevant question is; who should be included? This question is critical in all phases of a project’s life cycle including assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Effective intervention that addresses a community health issue involves consultation with the community members, and analysis of the context in which the proposed intervention will bring the changes that the members actually want or need. Including relevant stakeholders, particularly those on whose own turf the community health programs are carried out is a smart idea! This presentation will answer the question; why is “inclusion” a good practice in community health interventions?