Promoting Healthy Public Policy through Community-Based Participatory Research: Ten Case Studies

Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher: PolicyLink (Organization)

Author(s): Meredith Minkler

Research Area: Health

Keywords: community-based participatory research

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In collaboration between the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and PolicyLink, this report explores 10 case studies of diverse community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships around the United States that have in common a commitment to foster healthy public policy. The 10 partnerships examined are in areas as diverse as South Los Angeles, California; New Castle, Indiana; Harlem, New York; and Tillery, North Carolina.

These case studies offer a window into the world of community, health department, and academic partnerships throughout the nation that are working to change policy to improve community health, reduce disparities, and foster equity. The report draws on data from dozens of in-depth interviews with partnership members, community focus groups, and policymakers, as well as document review and participant observation.