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ERIC Number: EJ1175802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Assessing Community Health Priorities and Perceptions about Health Research: A Foundation for a Community-Engaged Research Program
McElfish, Pearl A.; Long, Christopher R.; Stephens, R. Michael; Spencer, Nicola; Rowland, Brett; Spencer, Horace; Stewart, M. Kathryn
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v22 n1 p107-128 2018
We performed this study to better understand communities' health priorities and willingness to participate in research in order to reduce health disparities. To include communities whose members often experience health disparities and may lack opportunities to participate in research, student interns from multiple disciplines administered the Sentinel Network's 33-item survey in nontraditional locations. The survey was completed by 3,151 respondents. The five most frequently identified health concerns were diabetes, cancer, hypertension, heart problems, and weight. Concerns varied by race/ethnicity. In general, respondents across all races/ethnicities--especially Pacific Islanders--expressed willingness to participate in research. The study demonstrates the effectiveness of this method for identifying health priorities and willingness to participate in research. The results illustrate minority communities' willingness to participate in research if provided the opportunity. Insights gained from this study are informing current and planned community-engaged research to reduce health disparities among minority communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Center for Research Resources (NIH/DHHS); National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Grant or Contract Numbers: UL1TR000039