Working to understand health and health disparities through Community-Based Participatory Research

Lehigh University Community Health Research group front_imageAs both global and national trends in the public health arena shift attention away from simply treating disease toward understanding the factors that promote, sustain, and threaten health, research and intervention are increasingly focusing on the determinants of health and health disparities within individual communities. Community health is affected not only by the quality of the local healthcare system, but also by informal and inherently less controllable components, such as how members of the community view their health and how they see themselves with respect to the healthcare system. Fully understanding community health therefore requires working hand-in-hand with the members of the community, in addition to local nonprofits, healthcare providers, and health bureaus. The Community Health Research Group adopts the Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach to investigating health and health disparities. CBPR emphasizes building an ongoing, collaborative relationship with the community to identify and address the health needs of the community. It leverages both the interdisciplinary expertise of the researchers and the life experiences of community members to improve health and reduce health disparities. This website provides additional information about CBPR, the Lehigh faculty involved in the research group, the proposed hires that will make this work possible, and links to additional resources and information.

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CHRG News:

Prof. Chris Burke discusses CHRG and Prof. Lucy Napper gives an overview of her research interests in the inaugural HMS newsletter.

Prof. Lucy Napper discusses community health and student alcohol use in Lehigh News.

CHRG welcomes Lucy Napper to the research nucleus! Dr. Napper, who will be jointly appointed in the Psychology Department and the Health, Medicine, and Society program, brings research expertise in the areas of substance use/abuse and HIV risk perception/prevention, as well as methodological expertise in psychometric methods for developing and evaluating new measures. Welcome Lucy!

Feature story on CHRG in the Spring 2014 issue of Acumen, the magazine of Lehigh's College of Arts and Sciences.

Press release announcing the university’s support for CHRG.

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