Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a way of doing research that involves a collaborative partnership in which all partners participate as equal members and share decision-making power and resources. It seeks to identify and build on strengths, resources and relationships that exist within communities.

The Community Capacitation Center works with academic and community partners to conduct CBPR.


Present | Partnership with Dr. Jessica Gregg of Oregon Health and Sciences University and Dr. Pei-ru Wang of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization to build capacity and improve health in the Asian/Pacific Islander and Latino communities.

La Palabra es Salud (The Word Is Health) 2007- 2009 | A quasi-experimental comparison of popular education vs. traditional education as methods for training community health workers, in partnership with Providence Health and Services and El Programa Hispano.

Poder es Salud/Power for Health Project 2002-2005 | Project funded by the CDC to improve health and reduce health inequities in the African American and Latino communities in Multnomah County, Oregon.


Michael, Y.L., Farquhar, S.A., Wiggins, N., and Green, M. (2008). Findings from a Community-based Participatory Prevention Research Intervention Designed to Increase Social Capital and Build Capacity in African American and Latino Communities. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 10, 281-289.

Farquhar, S.A., Michael Y.L., and Wiggins, N. (2005). Building on History and Social Capital to Create Change in Two Urban Communities. American Journal of Public Health 95(4), 596-601.

More publications: Community Health Worker Capacitation, Popular Education

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