International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practices Volume 3 (2016), Article ID 3:IJNCP-187, 7 pages
Research Article
Developing a Community-Based Participatory Research Curriculum to Support Environmental Health Research Partnerships: An Initiative of the GROWH Community Outreach and Dissemination Core

Caitlin Canfield1, Rebekah Angove2, Joseph Boselovic2, Lisanne F. Brown2*, Sharon Gauthe3, Tap Bui4, David Gauthe3, Donald Bogen3, Stacey Denham6, Tuan Nguyen5 and Maureen Y. Lichtveld6

1Population Research Center, Department of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin (formerly with LPHI), 305 E. 23rd Street, Stop G1800, Austin, TX 78712-1699, USA
2Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), 1515 Poydras, STE 1200, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
3Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO), 1922 Bayou Rd. Thibodaux, LA 70301, USA
4United Way of Southeast Louisiana (formerly of MQVN CDC), 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
5MQVN Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC), 4626 Alcee Fortier Blvd., Suite E, New Orleans, LA 70129
6Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, 1440 Canal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, USA
Dr. Lisanne F. Brown, Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), 1515 Poydras, Suite 1200, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA, Tel: 504-301- 9813, Fax: 504-301-9801; E-mail:
31 March 2016; 28 June 2016; 30 June 2016
Canfield C, Angove R, Boselovic J, Brown LF, Gauthe S, et al. (2016) Developing a Community-Based Participatory Research Curriculum to Support Environmental Health Research Partnerships: An Initiative of the GROWH Community Outreach and Dissemination Core. Int J Nurs Clin Pract 3: 187. doi:
This work was supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences under award number 5U19ES020677. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


Background: The Transdisciplinary Research Consortium for Gulf Resilience on Women’s Health (GROWH) addresses reproductive health disparities in the Gulf Coast by linking communities and scientists through community-engaged research. Funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, GROWH’s Community Outreach and Dissemination Core (CODC) seeks to utilize community-based participatory research (CBPR) and other community-centered outreach strategies to strengthen resilience in vulnerable Gulf Coast populations. The CODC is an academic-community partnership comprised of Tulane University, Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation, Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing, and the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI).
Methods: Alongside its CODC partners, LPHI collaboratively developed, piloted and evaluated an innovative CBPR curriculum. In addition to helping with curriculum design, the CODC’s community and academic partners participated in the pilot. The curriculum was designed to impart applied, practical knowledge to community-based organizations and academic researchers on the successful formulation, execution and sustaining of CBPR projects and partnerships within the context of environmental health research.
Results: The curriculum resulted in increased knowledge about CBPR methods among both community and academic partners as well as improved relationships within the GROWH CODC partnership.
Conclusion: The efforts of the GROWH partnership and curriculum were successful. This curriculum may serve as an anchor for future GROWH efforts including: competency development, translation of the curriculum into education and training products, community development of a CBPR curriculum for academic partners, community practice of CBPR, and future environmental health work.