February 3, 2009

UAMS Workshop March 13 to Offer Insight into Community-based Research Process

LITTLE ROCK – A free workshop at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will provide insight into the process of community-based participatory research (CPBR). CPBR is research that is conducted as an equal partnership between traditionally trained experts and members of a community. Continuing education credits will be offered.


The Community-based Research Partnerships for Health Series is scheduled for 10 a.m.–3 p.m. March 13 on the 12th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at UAMS. Lunch will be provided. The free workshop is sponsored by the Cancer Control Program in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.


Free parking is available in the Outpatient Parking Deck at the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue. For information, call (501) 526-7045.


The workshop is designed for academic and scientific researchers, health care professionals and members of the community interested in the principles, challenges and development of collaborative research partnerships. It will include a discussion of the CBPR projects and accomplishments of the Detroit Urban Research Center.


Speakers will include Barbara Israel, Dr.P.H., professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan, and Donele Wilkins, executive director of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.


Israel received her master’s degree and doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published widely in the areas of community-based participatory research, community empowerment, evaluation, stress and health, and social support and social networks.


Wilkins has more than two decades of experience in occupational and environmental health as an educator, consultant, trainer, administrator and advocate.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,652 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.